HSE & CCC was formed in 2010 by founding board members that recognized the urgent need for preservation of historic resources in Chalk Creek Canyon and that no other existing organization had the resources and energy to take on this monumental endeavor.
The organization has worked toward the preservation of historic resources and the education of the public by:
Accepting the donation of ten historic buildings in St. Elmo-commerical, residentail and municipal
Documentation of historic cemeteries in the canyon
Conducting a Reconnaissance Survey of historic resources in the Chalk Creek Mining District through a CO State Historical Fund Grant
Entering into a Partnership Agreement with the US Forest Service for the preservation of resources in the canyon
Conducting building, walking and 4th Grade Field Trip Tours of St. Elmo
Conducting Preservation, Planning & Stabilization work to HSE owned buildings thanks to six grants awarded by the CO State Historical Fund ($377,171): Pushor Building, Cash-Criss, Home Comfort Hotel/Stark Bros. Mercantile and the American House Hotel Parlor.
The majority of the board has a long standing association with the canyon and represents expertise in education, historic preservation, finance, business and history.
Our membership is comprised of Canyon property owners, County residents and visitors who are supportive of our efforts to preserve the
unique buildings, history and storys of Chalk Creek Canyon.