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A building boom at Animas Forks?
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Posted on June 20 2013, 1:18pm by Mark Esper in Local News category

Loren Lew and his construction crew is working on stabilizing the 1879 Duncan House and four other buildings at Animas Forks this summer.  Mark Esper/Silverton Standard & the Miner
There’s something of a building boom going on in the ghost town of Animas Forks this summer as rehabilitation work on five structures is under way, including the iconic Duncan House, one of the most photographed ghost town buildings in Colorado.
Loren Lew of Klinke and Lew Construction, contractor for the $185,000 project, was busy Tuesday, June 18, disassembling cribbing beneath the Duncan House, which was built in 1879.
Some of that old cribbing Lew himself installed three decades or more ago in an initial stabilization effort.
Many volunteers and partnerships have been involved in the care of this historic site going back to the 1970s when Lew and volunteers from the San Juan County Historical Society re-roofed the much loved Duncan House. In the 1990s VISTA volunteers along with Bev Rich and the San Juan County Historical Society and the BLM took their turn at maintaining the buildings.
As for the Duncan House, “the idea is to keep it available for public use,” Lew said, but that will require substantial work on the foundation, and safety improvements, too, including a plank deck to allow access to the front doorway.


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