The Museum of Northwest Colorado is a must-see for visitors to the Yampa Valley.
Home to one of the finest cowboy and gunfighter collections in the West, the museum has a one-of-a-kind Winchester and a pistol that survived the Seventh Cavalry's massacre at Little Big Horn. And its collection of saddles, chaps and spurs seems almost modern next to the displays of Indian arrowheads, knives and spears.
But more than just a display of relics of eras past, the museum relates the hardships experienced by early homesteaders and highlights the businesses that make a town a community.
A 1924 fire truck with an operational siren is a favorite of visiting children, and railroad displays can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Visitors can feel a dinosaur footprint and learn about Isam Dart, the black cowboy killed by Tom Horn in Browns Park in 1900.
The museum's hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The museum is one block north of Victory Way at 590 Yampa Ave. Call (970) 824-6360 for more information.
The Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum, three miles east of Craig, is a walk through time to the early days of agriculture and Americana. Displays include some of the plows and tractors that broke the first ground in Northwest Colorado and the Stockman's Bank teller windows and safety deposit boxes that were located in the town of Yampa at the HJ Hernage Mercantile Company in 1907.
The Pagoda Store, built in 1906, still contains some of the original items sold there more than 100 years ago. Crafters in the store create quilts, pottery, jewelry and crochet items for sale to the public and can describe life at the turn of the century.
Visitors can take home tatted cards, photo tiles and even canned jellies and preserved fruits made by one of the 18 crafts workers.
Clyde, the trophy bull elk, lives just behind the store and enjoys an occasional apple brought to him by visitors to the museum.
The Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The museum is on the south side of U.S. Highway 40, three miles east of Craig. Call (970) 824-6346 for more information.
The Marcia Car, a 1906 luxury railroad car built for David H. Moffat, the first president of the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway Co. at a cost of $24,568 and named for his daughter, sits on the edge of City Park across from the Craig Chamber of Commerce. The railroad car is closed to tours in the winter, but nevertheless provides a worthwhile experience for railroad enthusiasts.