The dedication of the Colossal Cave Road Project on Sept. 9th was truly a celebration! The Vail Preservation Society is proud to have worked with many residents, youth and teachers from six schools, artist Royce Davenport, and Pima County over the past six years to bring public art to the road project. Connecting Vail’s past to the future, facilitating ways for residents to work together to strengthen a sense of place, and impact our quality of life while building relationships is what VPS does. These values guide our decisions and the projects that the Vail Preservation Society (VPS) undertakes.
Colossal Cave Road, Vail’s main street, is the home of our next preservation project, the adobe 1908 Old Vail Store & Post Office. It will be a learning laboratory for Cienega Construction Tech students who will participate in the work. When complete, Vail’s sole remaining pre-statehood building will be ready to serve present and future community needs as the Vail Welcome & Heritage Center. It will feature information about local attractions and recreation, and local art created by TSW Artists & Artisans. Programs, music and more will make it the place to connect with friends.
Historic places are an essential element of strong communities. They are a tangible connection to our past, and to the people who had big dreams when they founded Vail in 1880. They loved it for many of the same reasons we do. VPS is committed to funding the complete cost of the Old Vail Post Office rehabilitation. The Old Vail Post Office is on the National Register, it is a place that matters locally and that is recognized nationally. Over the next year, our goal is to raise $100,000 to fund phase one of the project. Together we will connect Vail’s oldest building to our future. Go to www.vailpreservationsociety.org to donate or learn more.