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Green Mercantile

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1898. 17706 Jefferson County 96 (NR)

The original store and its large sign, “J. W. Green Dealer in Everything,” burned in 1898 along with many other wooden buildings in this tiny lumber and resort hamlet. Green, a native of Virginia, rebuilt the store in 1898 with chunks of granite from the nearby Serrie and Geddes Quarry. The huge blocks were hoisted into place by a team of mules, a jim pole, and six strong men. The two-story, rock-faced stone building with walls two feet thick shows few changes. Inside, many original fixtures remain, as does the 14-foot-high pressed metal ceiling and the family of the original owner, represented behind the counter by J. W. Green's grand-son, Donald. The store has been the community center, post office, polling place, dance hall, and, until the Colorado & Southern abandoned the line in 1938, ticket office for the narrow-gauge railroad.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Green Mercantile", [Pine, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 168-168.

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