This is your chance to own a piece of well-maintained Colorado history! This late-victorian style home was one of the first in the town of Cortez Colorado built by William Blatchford the “Father of Democracy” in Montezuma County Colorado. This beautiful 4-bedroom 2-bathroom home is within walking distance of main street as well as multiple other historic sites, Calkins Commons being one of the most well-known. Make this your main residence or turn it into a bed and breakfast, the possibilities are vast!
Don’t miss your chance to own this rare gem!
“Built by carriage maker and real estate agent William Blatchford and his wife Clara in 1889. William Blatchford was born in 1848 in England and moved to Canada with his parents in 1849. William and his wife Clara immigrated to the United States in 1886 and homesteaded land in 1888. Blatchford developed and operated a sawmill and an irrigation system, later to be known as the Puett-Rentz Ditch.
He served as a county commissioner and was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives for 1907-1908. He was also very active in real
estate and formed various partnerships with developers, including a well-known collaboration with the Bozman family during which they purchased
two of the first automobiles in Montezuma County to transport real estate clients and to offer a taxi service. Blatchford and Bozman also had the
postal delivery contract for the Cortez-Dolores route.
Newspaper advertisements indicated Blatchford and Bozman began marketing lots in the Coffins addition in about 1906, suggesting that
Blatchford had moved into the addition himself at about that time. He died on December 29, 1911. His widow, Clara, remained in the area at least
into the 1920s.” -Walking Along Montezuma Avenue by June Head.
This home is listed on the City of Cortez Historic Registry, and is eligible for the state and national registries.
William Blatchford’s mother was reportedly a cousin of the Duke of Wellington.
Updated on November 3, 2023 at 1:21 pm