Ridgway Railroad Museum

Staff writer The Ridgway Railroad Museum commemorates the town’s role as a railroad hub for the San Juan Mountains and birthplace of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, which ran over Dallas Divide, into the mining towns of Telluride, Ophir and Rico and on to Durango. Ridgway served the railroad’s engines in its roundhouse and housed the company’s offices from 1891 to 1953. Visitors can walk through a carefully restored caboose…

August 18, 2015
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Museum of Colorado Prisons

Colorado Museum of Prisons in Cañon City
September 19, 2013

The Museum of Colorado Prisons has 32 cells from a former prison, a hangman’s noose used in Colorado’s last execution by hanging, weapons and contraband confiscated from inmates, the state’s last gas chamber, photographs depicting life in prison facilities, and items used in disciplining inmates.

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Dinosaur Hill

Dinosaur Hill near Fruita
July 9, 2012

At Dinosaur Hill, paleontologist Elmer Riggs discovered two-thirds of the skeleton of a 70-foot-long, 30-ton Apatosaurus in 1900.

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Sweitzer Lake State Park

Sweitzer Lake State Park near Delta
May 12, 2012

Sweitzer Lake State Park Delta County, south of Delta Sweitzer Lake State Park near Delta is a day-use park for nature viewing, picnicking and water recreation. The park was a dream of Morgan Sweitzer, a Colorado fruit grower until his death in 1953. He donated the land for the park but died 12 years before its completion. Recreation, such as water-skiing, swimming, fishing, boating, and bird watching, is the purpose…

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Browns Park

Browns Park in northwestern Colorado
April 6, 2012

Staff writer Browns Park is an area rich with Old West history that stretches between Diamond and Cold Springs mountains and across parts of northwestern Colorado, northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. The Old West history covers Native Americans, fur trappers, explorers, ranchers, rustlers and outlaws, with famous visitors and residents including Kit Carson, John Wesley Powell, Capt. John C. Fremont, Ann Bassett and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. Native Americans from…

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Gunnison Pioneer Museum

Staff writer The Gunnison Pioneer Museum has 18 historic buildings, artifacts and memorabilia on its five-acre campus, plus a Denver & Rio Grande Railroad narrow-gauge train and 72 antique cars. The train consists of an engine, a flanger, a gondola car, a boxcar, a livestock car and a caboose and stands next to a water tack moved in from Marshall Pass and a depot relocated from Sargents. In the summer,…

March 19, 2012
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Western State College

Staff writer Western State College is a four-year liberal arts college in Gunnison with 2,300 students who give the town a distinctly college flavor. A third of the students are from outside Colorado, and most of them are drawn by small classes at the college and recreational opportunities in the area. Western State was founded in 1901 as the Colorado State Normal School and opened for classes in 1911 as…

March 19, 2012
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Montrose County Historical Museum

Montrose County Historical Society
January 22, 2012

Staff writer The Montrose County Historical Museum is located in the former Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot and has exhibits on the Montrose area’s history. The highlights include a walk-through Homesteader’s Cabin equipped with a family’s furnishings and memorabilia and one of the state’s largest collections of farm machinery, including horse-drawn reapers and a hay bailer. The Children’s Corner has dolls, toys and baby furniture. The museum library has…

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