Tread of Pioneers Museum showcases area's history

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— Tuckered out hikers, bikers and kayakers -- look no further.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum offers a respite for the recreation-weary. Northwest Colorado offers a surplus of recreational amenities, but visitors shouldn't pass up its cultural and historical resources.

After a hard day on the trail or if the weather doesn't jive with your outdoor plans, the museum is a good excuse to take it easy while still exploring

Routt County.

Artifacts that tell the stories of ranching, skiing and mining pioneers are housed in a 1908 Queen Anne-style Victorian home with turn-of-the-century furnishings. Routt County is known for its wild and wooly past. The museum's western room is home to an extensive firearms collection. The exhibit tells the story of ranching, rodeo and an infamous outlaw.

New for the summer is an exhibit that features the history of weddings in Routt County. People in the community have loaned items to help the museum tell their matrimonial stories.

A second exhibit, which follows the "Foundations of Steamboat" series, highlights the Gossard family.

Antique collectors take note: The museum is holding a garage sale June 21.

Other upcoming events include the Pioneer Day Block Party on July 4. The block party, which follows the Fourth of July parade through downtown Steamboat, features the Boulder Brass. The museum sponsors the musicians in partnership with Strings in the Mountains.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Its location at the corner of Eighth and Oak makes it easily accessible from downtown Steamboat Springs.

Executive Director Marty Woodbury invites people to take a look through the window to Routt County's past with the help of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Admission for the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $1 for children under 12 and infants are free.

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