White Horse Inn building demolished

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A pile of rubble is all that remains of the White Horse Inn that has stood for more than 100 years on Yampa Avenue.

And city officials say they are thrilled.

Demolition of the building began Sunday and removal of the debris is estimated to take just a few days.

"We expect it to be down and gone in three days," said Dave

Costa, city building

inspector.

The building was condemned in October of 2000, but financial concerns prevented both owner Aleka Butler and the city from actually demolishing the building.

Originally, Butler planned to rehab the building but found that option costly.

Butler also has said the building's possible historical value prevented her from making any quick decisions.

The White Horse Inn was built in the 1890s and has served as a livery, garage, mercantile, doctor's office, bar and hotel.

The building was the White House Grocery and Market until 1930 when it was closed because "too liberal of credit was given," according to documents at the Museum of Northwest

Colorado.

It opened as a bar and hotel in 1934, right after prohibition ended. In 1976, a fire destroyed the interior of the hotel, which was on the second floor of the building.

At the time of its closure, it was a bar.

The state approved Butler's application for asbestos removal

Friday and issued a demolition permit.

The state gave an eight-day window for tearing the building down.

An asbestos abatement

contractor removed items containing asbestos from the structure Jan. 27, making it ready for demolition.

Butler would not comment on the demolition.

Costa did.

"We'd like to thank the Butlers on behalf of the city of Craig, as well as the community, for taking care of the entire problem," he said.

The demolition consisted of pushing the building in on itself and then hauling the remains away, Costa said.

Butler would not comment on the cost of the demolition and the future plans for the site.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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