Trinidad History museum - Trinidad

Located on 300 E. Main Street, U.S. Highway 350 in Trinidad. Step back in time at the Trinidad History museum, a unique complex overlooking the Santa Fe Trail. The Museum consists of four attractions occupying an entire city block. The Baca House and Santa Fe Trail Museum are part of the Trinidad History Museum, a unique historic site which also includes the Bloom Mansion. Historic Gardens contain native plants, century-old trees, and a Victorian flower, herb and vegetable garden, complete the picture of perfection. Historic photographs, family possessions, and commercial goods on display evoke the life ways of early inhabitants of southeastern Colorado in the Santa Fe Trail Museum, which extends behind two distinguished hilltop residences. Learn more about some of the characters from Trinidad's past (Kit Carson, Bat Masterson, Billy the Kid, and Mother Jones) and the people who built the kingdoms of ranching, farming and coal mining, the wealth on which Trinidad was built. Enjoy a day of shopping or stroll the brick streets and take the historic district walking tour. Adventure awaits you along their trail system. 719-846-7217

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art - Trinidad

Arthur Roy Mitchell painted iconic western scenes featuring cowboys, horses, cattle and vast beautiful landscapes that captured the hearts and minds of pulp western readers from the 1920's to today.  Mitchell's life growing up immersed in the last golden days of the old west set the stage for his love of all things western and his artistic talent and training allowed him to become one of the most influential cowboy artists of his time in the great tradition of Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell. From the 1920s through the 1940s, Mitchell painted over 160 images for western books and magazines giving him the title "King of the Western Pulp Cover Painters." Many of his original paintings can be seen in the museum. Mitchell painted the cowboy in action with pistol drawn, riding a bucking bronco, wrestling a steer and roping cattle. His covers for True West, Western Story, Ace-High, Cowboy Stories and many more pulp magazines were in his words "Paintings of the real cowboy, not the movie variety". Many famous writers of the day including Zane Grey, Max Brand and Jack London wrote stories for the pulp magazines and Mitchell was a very successful cover artist for almost all of these popular publications. The largest collection of his work is proudly displayed at the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art in his home town of Trinidad. Enjoy the extraordinary gallery masterpieces in the horseshoe shapped mezanine of this old department store in the middle of downtown. 150 East Main Street, Colorado. 719-846-4224

The Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum - Trinidad

The Trinidad State Jr. College Archaeology Department was established in 1942, under the direction of Norman Dondelinger and Robert Tatem. Throughout the years, many noted archaeologists have taught at the college and conducted excavations and scientific studies at numerous sites in the region. The college recorded and stored many finds and recovered artifacts during supervised excavations from the prehistoric era to the Native Americans of this region. Many of the items were put on display in a small campus museum set up by Haldon Chase at first and in 1967, when the Freudenthal Memorial Library was built at the college, space was allocated on the ground floor for a larger museum. One of the most popular exhibits contains copies of fossilized dinosaur prints -one from a duck bill dinosaur, and the other from a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The T-Rex footprints are enhanced by a beautiful backdrop painted by Willard Louden. It shows the environment and plant life which would have been in the area when the dinosaur roamed southern Colorado. The exhibits and this collection ofarrow heads, pottery and other indian artifacts are truly amazing. On the TSJC campus at 600 Prospect Ave in Trinidad, Colorado. 719-846-5508

Otero Museum - La Junta

The Otero Museum Complex is located at 3rd and Anderson, La Junta, CO, 81050. There is no admission charge to the Museum but donations are appreciated. Since opening in 1984, the Otero Museum has acquired an extensive collection of exhibits, pictures and artifacts which tell the history of La Junta, Otero County and the surrounding area. Step back in time to Grandpa's Day, visit the Otero Museum to see the old store, blacksmith shop, stage coach house, log cabin school and boarding house, exhibits and artifacts of the Santa Fe Trail era. In 1875, a small tent city, a depot and a warehouse made up the settlement of Manzanares, Colorado Territory, a railroad camp on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1876, the Territory became a State and the settlement was renamed Otero, after the leading citizen and businessman, Don Miguel Antonio Otero. When the Santa Fe Railroad reached Otero, they called their station La Junta, Spanish words meaning, "The Junction," and the name was adopted for the growing community. After years of dreaming and planning by the Otero County Historical Society and others, a Museum Complex became reality when the Urban Renewal Authority cleared old houses from a block bounded by Second, Third and Anderson streets. They sold the land and one remaining house to the newly formed Museum Association. Hours are daily, except Sunday, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, June 1 through September 30. For information on group and individual tours during off hours, phone to make arrangements, 719-384-7406 or 719-384-7500.

Koshare Indian Museum - La Junta

The diverse collection offers a unique visit for all. The Koshare Indian Museum houses an extensive collection of Indian painting and artifacts. The late J.F. "Buck" Burshears started the Koshare Dancers and museum collection in 1933. The collection connects Buck's interest in Native American culture and his desire to educate the Koshare Indian Dancers. Over The museum and library provide a tremendous resource in terms of local, regional, and national perspective. View the renowned collection of Plains and Southwest art and artifacts including basketry, pottery, weapons, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and textiles. The library contains many unique, first edition and out of print books relating to Native American history, crafts, and stories. Located on 115 W 18th Steet at the Otero Junior College Campus. 719-384-4411

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J.W. Rawlings Heritage Museum - Las Animas

The John W. Rawlings Heritage Center formerly know as the Kit Carson Museum is located at the only stop light in Las Animas. It features historic store fronts incuding a confectionary and Bent County Bank. Exhibits include Llewellyn Thompson, Ambassador to six presidents, J.W. & Dorothy Hoag Rawlings and famous frontiersman Kit Carson. Additional exhibits include Ken Gates (Ken Curtis of "Gunsmoke"), Native Americans, a cobbler, farming, telephone, medical, jail, railroading, quilts and more. The complex incules the Old Trail Gallery featuring modern artists and the Bell Park Gazebo that houses the area's historic bells. Open Monday-Saturady 12:30-4:30. 719-456-6066

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Big Timbers Museum - Lamar

Big Timbers got it's name from the large grove of cotton woods that once ran alongside the Arkansas River in the area. Big Timbers Museum houses a headdress from Buffalo Bills Wild West Show, Sand Creek Massacre artifacts, a WW1 Poster Collection, a 10 start Confederate flag, artifacts relating to the Madonna of the Trail Monu,emt, and an exhibit on the Flegal Gang robbery of the First National Bank in Lamar. The transportation part of the museum houses antique cars, wagons, trucks and buggies. They even have an antique fire wagon. Located one mile north of Lamar at 7515 Hwy 50 in Lamar. Open Tuesday- Saturday, June1- August 31 from 10am-5pm. 719-336-2472

Amache Museum - Granada

Amache Museum is located in Granada's Old Town Hall at 105 East Goff in Granada, Colorado. It is open during the summer, usually five days a week. Since 1990 the Amache Preservation Society, a Granada High School group, has worked to preserve the history of Amache Japanese Internment Camp and set up the museum as a school project. Pick up a map at the museum and see the documented history and artifacts from the site before starting your self-guided driving tour of Amache. 719-336-3483