The Crystal Mill historic site is an iconic bucket list location that many adventurers hope to visit in the future. However, one group fears that visiting this 1890s structure might not always be a possibility. A non-profit group called the Crystal Mill Foundation has been formed with the goal of purchasing the land that Crystal Mill is built on in order to prevent the historic site from possible future destruction.
According to the group, "most visitors think the Crystal Mill is a state or county owned historic structure that is already preserved. They have no idea it is privately owned and could be torn down tomorrow."
As the mill gets older and more people visit the site, the amount of effort necessary to maintain the area will likely grow. The group hopes that they can fill this need with the ultimate goal of hiring staff to take care of the property, including guides and safety managers. Constructing restrooms and making public drinking water accessible are among their plans.
According to a Denver Post report, the group needs to raise $10 million or risk the land being put on the public market by the current owner. Sopris Sun reports that naming rights could be included with a large enough donation.
The goal is to raise the money by June 2021.
Crystal Mill was built nearly 130 years ago in 1892. It's a wooden powerhouse that's found in a ghost town called Crystal, Colorado, which is found along the Crystal River. It can be reached by a 4x4 trail that can be hiked or driven in the right vehicle.
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