The Saguache County Museum

By Connie Rapalski The Saguache County Museum began as an idea that grew into a huge community project. At the time, all Colorado communities were asked to join in the 1976 Centennial celebration of the Rush to the Rockies, which brought miners and other pioneers to Colorado. Several clubs including the Saguache Women’s Club along […]

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The South Park City Museum

By Laura Van Dusen At South Park City Museum in Fairplay, time stands still. Visitors there can wander through buildings salvaged from the gold and silver mining craze of the 1860s-1890s. They can touch the furnishings, sit in the chairs or even lie in the beds once occupied by frontier Colorado miners and railroad tycoons. […]

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Pride of the Pioneers

By Polly Oberosler The Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society was formed in 1905. By 1906 they had decided that they would work toward the establishment of a local museum to conserve the rich heritage they were a part of. Although the Pioneer Society was active, the idea of a museum did not officially come […]

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Saguache Museum is the core of the community

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine In his 1959 book, Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Perry Eberhart says, “Saguache is almost as colorful today as it was during its early years. One of the few county seats in Colorado without a railroad, Saguache has retained […]

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The Little Engines that Can, in Buena Vista

Article by Martha & Ed Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Before the turn of the century, central Colorado boasted nearly 600 miles of railroads — the main lines of the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado Midland, and the Denver, South Park and Pacific, as well as branches to Westcliffe, Crestone, […]

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The third landmark in Silver Cliff

Article by Hal Walter Musuems – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Really, there are only three landmarks in the Wet Mountain Valley town of Silver Cliff. Two are taverns; the other, the Silver Cliff Museum. If you happen to stumble out of the Silver Dome or Clever’s on a bright summer afternoon and need […]

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Leadville leads in quality and variety

Article by Lynda La Rocca Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Leadville has been called a lot of things over the years. Some nicknames — Two-Mile-High City, Cloud City, Magic City — are picturesque; many others are unprintable. A rarely mentioned, but truly deserved, sobriquet is “Museum Capital of Colorado.” With more than […]

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Salida Museum has a little bit of everything

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine History can’t be toted on a cash register, nor added up like so many numbers and presented with unfailing accuracy — for history is a living thing, wholly reliant on those who feed and nurture it. South Park City has breathed life into […]

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South Park City displays daily life

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine In 1885, Leadville was the second largest city in Colorado with 16,000 citizens, three daily newspapers, two weeklies, two hospitals, two telephone companies, eight schools, seven churches, three Masonic lodges, two Odd Fellow lodges, thirteen hotels, two railroads, eight smelting and reduction works, […]

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