The Tread of Pioneers Museum will offer free Downtown Historical Walking Tours throughout the summer to talk about Steamboat Springs' past.

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The Tread of Pioneers Museum will offer free Downtown Historical Walking Tours throughout the summer to talk about Steamboat Springs' past.

Tales from the Tread: The surprise summer sleeper of Steamboat

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Maybe you recently moved here. Maybe you were born here. Maybe you transplanted here and are sinking in roots. Maybe you live here seasonally. Maybe you live farther away and commute here. Whatever the case, I invite you to learn the story of the place we all call home; it is a history that weaves itself into the fabric of your very own life.

Tales from the Tread

Tales from the Tread columns publish the first and third Wednesdays in the Steamboat Today.

If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum Downtown Historical Walking Tours

When: 9 a.m. Thursdays from June 26 through Aug. 28

Where: Meets in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

You literally take it in every day. It is a story told in the pungent breeze as you idle at the 13th Street stoplight; the texture of the snow you sweep off your car; the sweet, tart strawberries you pluck from the sides of your favorite trail; the regular roar of the coal train traveling through town; the beige sandstone and brick on the building facades you see — without seeing.

It is my job to put words to this sensory story, or to fill in gaps of whatever you already know. This summer, join me on a free Downtown Historic Walking Tour of Steamboat Springs courtesy of the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Historic Routt County.

Take a risk. Make the time. Trust me, this story is worth it.

It has a compelling cast: A retired circus superstar turned fitness guru; a lingerie tycoon who dreams of healing you with the town’s mineral springs; a spinster ghost who just can’t seem to settle down.

Be awed by the setting: A fox family hiding behind every sagebrush; a glacial formation that now features a four-star hotel; little yellow roses kept alive in a covered wagon so they still could bloom in the alleys of Old Town.

Get sucked into the plot: A 100-room hotel burns to the ground in less than 30 minutes; the only geyser in the state gets dynamited; horses are soaked in springs to be prepared for battle; people hurtle themselves off hillsides in order to fly.

Time travel without leaving the sidewalk: To the original town square with its thousand book library; along the power plant that electrified it while warming its residents; past one of the few businesses that survived the Great Depression.

Have fun being a tourist on “staycation” in your own town, at least for two hours.

The Downtown Historic Walking Tour meets in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum at the corner of Eighth and Oak streets at 9 a.m. Thursdays from June 26 through Aug. 28 and does not require registration.

This tour also can be scheduled for groups, such as your book club, family reunion, wedding guests, business conference, etc., by calling Candice Bannister, Tread of Pioneers Museum executive director, at 970-879-2214.

Check out www.treadofpioneers.org for all of this summer’s museum tours, programs and events.

Marianne Capra is a tour guide with Tread of Pioneers Museum.

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