Cultural artifacts on display

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— Mining and cultural artifacts that help piece together the unique past of Oak Creek and all of south Routt County are on display at the Oak Creek Town Hall.

The items, which are part of local historian Mike Yurich's collection, were previously in a display case at the Oak Creek Library.

"We just needed more space at the library we're kind of cramped in there," said Nancy Peckham, of the Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society.

The display includes mining helmets and equipment, pictures, old railroad spikes, old advertising signs and numerous other items that show the colorful past of the area. Peckham, Rene Johnson and Carol Villa put the display together about two weeks ago.

There are still many of items that the historical society has, but don't have anyplace to display them. Peckham said the group remains to have its eyes set on finding a building for a museum in Oak Creek.

Ideally, the group would like to have old Oak Creek Town Hall, she said.

However, the historical society is still waiting to get its nonprofit designation from the state. Once that happens, Peckham said they will be applying for grants to help raise money pay for a museum in town.

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