Oak Creek museum honors mining history, war vets


If you go

What: Tracks and Trails Museum's "Attitude Adjustment Party" fundraiser

When: 2 to 4 p.m. today

Where: 129 E. Main St., Oak Creek

Cost: Free

Call: 736-8245

— For its first "Attitude Adjustment Party," the Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek is getting into the holiday spirit by tapping into the town's history.

The event, which also serves as the museum's first fundraiser, features gift bags filled with the coal that once made Oak Creek a viable mining town.

"We focus on coal mining and the railroads, because that's what Oak Creek was founded on," said Laurie Elendu, the museum's curator. Elendu said she hopes the fundraiser, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today, will help spread awareness of the museum's mission.

Today's event will also serve as the grand opening for the museum's new exhibit, "Patriotism in the Upper Yampa Valley: On the Home Front during World War II." Though the exhibit, which features items donated by community members, has been open since Nov. 11, Elendu said the day after Dec. 7 would have significance for Oak Creek's veterans.

"Since today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we figured we could let people know that (the exhibit) is there and commemorate the war effort," she said Friday.

Tracks and Trails has worked with Routt County residents to build the collection of WWII memorabilia, including pictures of loved ones and uniforms from various military organizations.

"This exhibit highlights local history, showing how the citizens of Oak Creek demonstrated their patriotism and participated in the war effort," Elendu said. "That includes the sole seven Oak Creek men from the senior high school class of 1944, who all enlisted in the U.S. Navy right after graduation."

The exhibit also includes a wall dedicated to patriotism, a wall dedicated to women and another display focusing on the various ways the South Routt County community was involved in the war effort.


OneFly 9 years, 4 months ago

The results of those involved in this museum have produced something that has quality from the front door all the way to the back. To have an actual curator shows. Here is a link that illustrates some of the items that were on display. http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/2007/12/tracks-and-trails-museums-attitude.html


bluntman 9 years, 4 months ago

the newly renovated Tracks and Trails museum is a destination worth visiting if you haven't been there yet.

thanks to everyone who helped in the effort to make this facility the Community asset that it is.


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