Thanks to everyone who participated in the Community Workshop and Survey!

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County is currently nearing completion of the Historic Preservation Plan that outlines specific strategies for enhancing the County’s current historic preservation program.  With this Plan, the community desires to build on past preservation successes and to identify priority areas for preservation and reinvestment in order to shape and contribute to the County’s visual character, and overall economic development.

Do not forget to check out the Draft Historic Preservation Plan. CLICK HERE to view the Draft Historic Preservation Plan! CLICK HERE to download the Community Workshop recording. Thank you for your time and feedback!

The Anaconda Local Development Corporation has initiated a planning process to prepare a Historic Preservation Plan for Anaconda-Deer Lodge County. The central objectives of this plan are to assess the community’s historic preservation program and policies, establish historic contexts, make recommendations for identifying historic resources and potential designations, assess preservation’s role in the broader planning process, and conduct a thorough community engagement program.  In addition, The Lakota Group will prepare a set of design guidelines to assist local stakeholders, property owners and the Historic Resources Board in making informed decisions regarding historic preservation activities.

Communities like Anaconda-Deer Lodge County understand that historic preservation contributes to community vitality and building the creative industries, local identity and pride of place. With this Historic Preservation Plan, the community desires to build on past successes while recognizing that additional efforts are necessary to identify priority areas for preservation that shape and enhance the community’s character and quality of life. The Anaconda Local Development Corporation has engaged The Lakota Group, a preservation planning firm based in Chicago, Illinois to help create the plan.


Phase 1: State of the County (November 2020 – April 2021) CLICK HERE to view the final SOTC Report!

Phase 2: Historic Preservation Plan (May 2021 – August 2021) CLICK HERE to view the Draft Historic Preservation Plan!

The project timeline below provides an overview of the two phases with related project milestones.

A well-researched and prepared historic preservation plan involves the input and participation of the citizens and stakeholders of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County. Along these lines, direct involvement by community members is welcome and strongly encouraged. Thanks to everyone who attended the Community Workshop on Wednesday, July 21, virtually or at The Revolver! Also, many thanks to those who participated in the Community Survey!

There are several ways you can stay informed and share your feedback throughout the planning process.

Historic Preservation Plan Project Website:
•  Check for project updates

Community Workshops:
•  Learn about and discuss the County’s historic preservation program
•  Share your ideas on preservation plan issues and strategies

Social Media:
•  Look for project and event updates on Facebook and Instagram


In the meantime, please share any thoughts or ideas for the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Historic Preservation Plan to the project team via the contact section below. Your contact information will be saved in the project email list and updates will be sent your way for engagement opportunities and planning process milestones.

All plan documents will be posted for review and download in the section below.

The Lakota Group

We bring creative solutions that inspire action and result in beautiful, people-driven places. Our firm has 25 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Our mission is to create plans that build connections between people, their environments, and their history. This is perfectly reflected in our name. Lakota, the Native American word for Allies.

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