Hayden, Colo -- Preservation work at Hayden's historic Solandt Memorial Hospital got a huge boost earlier this week when Colorado State Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) joined other dignitaries in presenting the facility with a "big check" from History Colorado, the state's historical preservation fund.
Baumgardner said the $30,000 grant, which is the fourth the facility has received, vindicates the vision and community spirit of local leaders who funded and built the structure in 1923, then organized an effort to reopen the landmark after it closed in 1967 due to funding problems.
Today the hospital continues to serve clients from Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, as well as from southern Wyoming.
"That Solandt Memorial Hospital continues to serve surrounding communities is a tribute not just to the excellent administrators and staff who operate the facility today, but to the determined community leaders of the past who simply refused to let this historic wonder and landmark fade away," said Baumgardner. "This new grant from History Colorado just reaffirms the vision and foresight they had."
Joining Baumgardner at Tuesday's event were Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, History Colorado staff, local officials and members of the Solandt Memorial Hospital Board.