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Historical Society Hall of Fame

Thanks to the unrelenting efforts of Dolores Ebner, Donald Ebner, and Martin Burdick, Ken-Caryl residents are able to enjoy a piece of Colorado Gold Rush history right in our own neighborhood. They have been honored for their efforts by being elected as the first members of the newly-created Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society Hall of Fame. The nomination was made by the Historical Society and approved by the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association Board of Directors.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Dolores Ebner

Dolores worked for decades to preserve and promote the history of Ken-Caryl Ranch. She was a key member of the KCR Historical Committee in the 1990s that worked tirelessly to save the Bradford-Perley House, and Committee chair for seven years. Her work included nominating the Bradford-Perley House as one of Colorado’s most endangered places, writing grant proposals to secure necessary funding for the preservation work to qualify for a State Historical Fund grant, meeting with the architects and engineers who were performing the preservation activities, and giving numerous presentations throughout the area to promote the preservation of the building and the history of Ken-Caryl Ranch.

She published regular “Did You Know” columns about Ranch history in Life at Ken-Caryl for over a decade. She researched the lives of Robert Boyles Bradford and John C. Shaffer and wrote and published booklets describing her findings. She donated the proceeds from the sale of the booklets to the Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society. She successfully nominated Robert B. Bradford to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame.

She was elected to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame, and recognized by the national Daughters of the American Revolution for her historic preservation work.

Don Ebner

Don worked for over a decade to help preserve and promote the history of Ken-Caryl Ranch. He was involved with the KCR Historical Committee in the 1990s that worked to preserve the Bradford-Perley House. Included in these efforts were arranging with Dr. Jon Kent of Metropolitan State University to perform archaeological excavations on the house pro bono, arranging for Dr. Larry Conyers of Denver University to complete an assessment of the outbuildings that existed near the house, meeting with representatives of the State Historical Fund to provide funding for the preservation work, working with the architects and engineers who performed the preservation activities, and giving numerous presentations in the area to promote the preservation work. He performed research on the Bradford apple orchard, contacting experts, leading to the current efforts to save and perpetuate the trees.

He provided photographic documentation of historic sites on the Ranch. He worked with the Colorado Archaeological Society to support the archaeological district designation for the ranch, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. He researched ways to preserve the Ogam site.

He was elected to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame for his historic preservation activities.

Martin Burdick

Martin worked for more than a decade to preserve and promote the history of Ken-Caryl Ranch. He was a major force in reviving the KCR Historical Committee in the 1990s and focusing its efforts to preserve the Bradford-Perley House. He was the first chairman of the reorganized committee as it undertook this important project. He researched the requirements for restoration and preservation, attended preservation classes, arranged for a stabilization report on the House, helped with fund-raising activities, and completed the nomination for the House to be named to the State Register of Historic Properties. He arranged with Dr. John Gormley and his students of the Colorado School of Mines to complete a water drainage mitigation report of the Bradford-Perley property.

He also helped with the preparation of “Hoofprints in Time”, a history of Ken-Caryl Ranch.

He was recognized by the national Daughters of the American Revolution for his historic preservation work.

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