The Hayden Granary

 

The Hayden Granary is the only existing grain elevator in all of Routt County. In its heyday, the elevator bolstered the local agricultural economy, providing many services and goods to area farmers. Today the grain elevator remains as an important representation of the agricultural, economic and engineering history of early twentieth-century Routt County.

In 1917, Hayden, and surrounding area members of the local Farmer’s Union, joined together to form the Hayden Co-Operative Elevator Company. After incorporating the Co-Operative, planning for construction of the elevator took place. The elevator was to have a capacity of 11,000 bushels of grain and a two-car cement cellar for shipping and receiving root vegetables. In August of 1917, a triangular strip of land on the north end of town was acquired, and construction of the grain elevator began in September of 1917. By the middle of December, the elevator was in operation.

Throughout its existence, the Hayden Co-Operative Elevator, like many grain elevators, was largely dependent on cycles in farming and cyclical changes in weather and market considerations. With decreased wheat production in the Yampa Valley, grain operations closed in 1988 and the facility re-opened in 1992 as Yampa Valley Feeds (a livestock feed and tack store).  In 2013 food and community gathering became the focus for the Granary with the addition of Wild Goose Coffee and then in 2019 Embers Wood Fired Pizza.  The Granary continues its journey as a thriving business district with the relocation of Yampa Valley Brewing Company to the Northwest corner of the lot.

The Hayden Granary was built in 1917 and still stands today as an icon for the early agricultural roots of Hayden.  Listed on the County, State and National Registers of Historic Places the granary continues to demonstrate how great food brings people together – whether it’s being grown, harvested, processed or enjoyed as a muffin or croissant in our bakery.

HAYDEN GRANARY TRANSFORMING

SPECIAL EVENTS for SUMMER 2020:

Community Barn Dances with GoodTimes 4H Club – TENTATIVE dependent upon CoVid-19 challenges…  yet we are delighted to join GoodTimes 4H with hosting monthly barn dances, starting on Saturday, July 11th and again August 8th and September 12th.  Basic Instruction starting at 7:30pm and country-western dancing starting at 8pm – family friendly and fun for all ages and abilities – get your Cowboy Cha Cha and Two Step on!  Enjoy Embers wood-fired pizza before the dance open at 5pm.  Held the second Saturdays of the month – July 11th, August 8th and September 12th.

ALSO IN THE NEWS…

A recent visit with Solar United Neighbors captured exactly why we love this building… check out the Granary Going Solar video!

We’ve been the grateful recipients of several recent articles which can bring you up to speed:

Moffat County Locals: Tammie Delaney brings together comfort, smiles, friends at Hayden’s Wild Goose at the Granary Coffee

Architecture students help Hayden Granary’s future come into focus

Artists gain insight during Carpenter Ranch residency

Plans for community hub in Hayden Granary move forward

The Hayden Granary connects the past to the future and people to each other in an authentic western setting.  We know many of you feel the same!

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