Historic Goodpasture Barn Restoration

January, 2016 Recently we purchased an historic property in what was once the thriving little community of Goodpasture, CO ~ a few miles before Beulah on Hwy 78. Goodpasture once boasted a mercantile, blacksmith shop, post office, Methodist church and a few houses. In the early 1920s Goodpasture was the site of the Pueblo County Fair for several years. The only remaining structure in Goodpasture for the last 80 or so years was the lovely 110 year-old red barn ~ in serious need of restoration. We began in January, 2016 which involved shoveling out 110 years worth of horse manure, stabilizing the foundation corners, displacing resident critters, power-washing interior timbers & repairing the roof & cupolas, building an additional set of stairs {Hamp kept the original stairs in place as well}, and remodeling one of the stalls into a kitchen. In February the floor was completely concreted. In March the siding was torn off & replaced. We saved as much of the siding as possible but it was so old and splintered that we couldn't salvage much & what could be saved was given to Beulah folks who wanted a memento of the old barn. Hamp added a lean-to shed to the West side in April and finally - by the last week of April it was painted ~ back to original barn red ~ hooray!! In May lighting was added - lots of it! The well-drilling rig is sitting there now ~ waiting for the snow to melt ~ and the promise of water by mid-May is exciting! We considered renovating the barn into a home but concluded to keep it as a barn and use it for community events. Update: Saturday, May 14, 2016 the Beulah Arts Council hosted a barn dance to benefit the Arts Council, the Beulah EMS & Fire Department and the Beulah school. It was the first ~ ever~ community event held in the grand, old behemoth of a barn and its 110 year-old bones seemed to rejoice! Expecting about 150 folks, we were all stunned to count upwards of 350 two-steppin', boot-stompin' souls ~ raising the roof, indeed! The Beulah community has been generous with their offers of sweat equity, gifts & loans of memorabilia, appliances for the kitchen & even an enormous copper kettle drum ~ rehabbed as an ice/drink cooler! Since May Goodpasture Barn has hosted wedding anniversary celebrations, a Pueblo Symphony fund-raiser, family gatherings, weddings, the 60th Anniversary of Pine Drive Telephone Co., the annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering to support the Beulah Fire Department, Beulah Historic Society meetings & church functions. In early September 2016 Hamp built a lean-to-shed (w/concrete floor) on the East side of the barn - perfect for watching sunrises, shelter from storms and dancing, of course! The renovation of Goodpasture Barn has been Hamps great challenge and the delight of his life. We've so enjoyed this project and are pleased to continue the history of Goodpasture, CO. We're the care-takers for now and trust that those who follow will preserve it for the next 110 years.

2. Historic Barn Project