Historic Hayden Granary Inc. was founded in 2019 to ensure the preservation and adaptation of the historic facility for the century ahead, yet the facility started operations in 1917 when Hayden, and surrounding area members of the local Farmer’s Union, joined together to form the Hayden Co-Operative Elevator Company. In August of 1917, a triangular strip of land on the north end of town was acquired, and construction of the grain elevator began. By the middle of December, the elevator was in full 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 entirely 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, followed in 2023 by La Central Cafe and Alpenglow mead and winery. 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.
Patrick and Tammie Delaney (owners of the Hayden Granary since December 2008) joined forces with Paul and Chresta Brinkman in 2019 with the intent of ensuring the facility would be revitalized for the century ahead. Recognizing that restoration and preservation of the immense facility is far beyond what a couple of passionate folks can do, Historic Hayden Granary Inc was formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization intent on preserving the Granary as a gathering space and historic entity.
Historic Hayden Granary Inc. has been showcased through the years of its revitalization journey. Here's a few of our favorite interviews and news articles: