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Pikes Peak Grange Hall No. 163

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1909. 3093 Colorado 83 (Parker Rd., 1 mile north of Franktown) (NR)

From its 1867 founding as the Patrons of Husbandry, the Grange organized rural folk for political, economic, and social reasons, including the formation of cooperatives and the Montgomery Ward mail order house. The national organization, whose membership peaked at almost two million in the 1870s, appealed to Coloradans. Of almost 500 Colorado halls, this one, built by Grange volunteers, is one of the few still active. Typical of pioneer vernacular construction, it is a simple, front-gabled clapboard structure. A side-gabled dining room wing was built in 1916 and a shed addition stage and modern coal furnace were added in 1938. Two transomed 9-foot-tall doors open into the meeting room, which has a 12-foot ceiling paneled in pressed metal and wain-scoted in pine. Grange meetings and potluck suppers in this well-maintained hall perpetuate a long tradition of social and political solidarity among farmers and ranchers.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Pikes Peak Grange Hall No. 163", [Franktown, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-DA12.

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