LOVELAND, Colo. - Amid all the destruction, the 140-year-old Loveland farmhouse stands on a dry patch of ground -- surrounded by flood waters -- like a beacon of hope.
"It's just so awesome that the water didn't touch the house," said Sharon Perry, secretary of the Loveland Historical Society.
The Milner-Schwarz House has stood at 710 S. Railroad Ave. since 1873.
Located in the Old Fairgrounds Park, it is likely the oldest brick farmhouse in Larimer County and one of the first homesteads in the Big Thompson Valley, according to the historical society website.
It was built by on 80 acres by farmer Joseph Milner, who provided meat to local railroad workers. In 1906, the farm was purchased by the Schwarz family, who ran a dairy farm and raised crops, including sugar beets.
In 2010, the city and Historical Society restored this old house -- inside and out -- to its historic glory. It's now the Milner-Schwarz Museum
When the hard rains came this month and the Big Thompson River overflowed, the white two-story white farmhouse somehow stayed high and dry on its own "small island," Perry said. "We wondered why (Milner) built it there and now we know why."
"It's our pride and joy, and it survived because it was right in the middle of the flood," she added.