PROJECT PARTNER: Pike-San Isabel National Forest
According to the US Forest Service, “Roberts Cabin is one of the recognized historic cabins in Pike & San Isabel National Forests. The primitive cabin dates back to the mining and railroad era of the 1880s, and is eligible for placement in the National Register of Historic Places. Through the ages, the structure has been used as a residence, a blacksmith’s shop and stables. In 1993, the piece of history was restored to its original form and converted for use as a cabin rental.”
At HistoriCorps we know that historic buildings are more likely to be preserved if they are used and occupied. Through doing the hands-on work necessary to repair and maintain the Roberts Cabin roof, the building will continue to be an appealing overnight rental for future guests.
Given the remote location of this cabin, volunteers could see a variety of wildlife, including elk, great horned owls, and golden eagles! Volunteers will also enjoy sweeping views of Colorado’s Front Range and awe-inspiring South Park. Nearby mountains can also be viewed. Clear night skies and colorful sunrises will be quite memorable as well!
Boreas Pass road, which the cabin is near, is popular for mountain biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. Boreas Pass road traverses the Continental Divide and connects the welathy ski town of Breckenridge to the lesser-well-known town of Como. At the top of the pass, there are additional historic cabins, a large bunkhouse called Section House, and remaining mining infrastructure left over from the 1800s. Mining at the top of the Divide would have been a cold, lonely, and windy lifestyle, but scores of people eked out a living here through providing miners with supplies, maintaining the railway that connected Breckenridge and Como, and more. Section House and the humble Ken’s Cabin are both part of the Summit Huts Association.