Tales from the Tread: Museum hosts History Happy Hours


Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Butcherknife Brewery, 2875 Elk River Road, for a new event series titled “History Happy Hours.” The event takes the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history out to the community and into a beloved happy hour. To sweeten the deal, each attendee will receive one free craft beer, compliments of Butcherknife Brewery.

Tales from the Tread

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


Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection/courtesy

Portrait of two men drinking Louis Obert Gold beer, circa 1910.

If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s History Happy Hours

When: 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month

Where: Butcherknife Brewery, 2875 Elk River Rd.

Cost: Free

More information: treadofpioneers.org

“We're thrilled to extend the reach of both Butcherknife and the Tread of Pioneers Museum by offering the opportunity to bring together locals who want to learn more about this incredible place we call home,” said Mark Fitzgerald, owner of Butcherknife Brewery.

What do we mean by rowdy and raucous history? The focus of the talks will be the mysteries, legends, lore, debauchery, conflicts, wars, crimes, lawless and lawmen of the Wild West.

On Oct. 4, author and Hayden Heritage Center Curator Laurel Watson presents “Brooklyn: Steamboat’s Red Light District.” Author of the book “The Yampa Valley Sin Circuit: Historic Red Light Districts of Routt and Moffat Counties," Watson will unveil the stories, characters and shenanigans of the whisky crowd that congregated in Brooklyn, just across the river from Steamboat Springs. From fishing with dynamite to murder, Watson is sure to fascinate you as you wet your whistle with your own craft brew.

On Nov. 1, Marsha Daughenbaugh, of the Community Agriculture Alliance, will explore the harsh realities of “Routt County’s Cattle and Sheep Range Wars.”

“At one time, if a sheep rancher even stepped foot in Routt County, he could be hanged,” Daughenbaugh said.

On Dec. 6, we will present “Outlaws and Lawmen of Routt County.” Among other stories, hear the chilling tales of outlaws Harry Tracy and David Lant’s capture and escape at the Routt County Jail at Hahn’s Peak.

On Jan. 3, local historian Paul Bonnifield will share his discoveries in “Crimes and Conflicts in Routt County History.”

“There was a different attitude towards crime in the first half of the 20th century versus today,” he said. “There was also a significant contrast between how crimes were handled in mining camps versus other areas of the county.”

Other planned topics include local murder mysteries and kidnappings, the White River War and the Meeker Incident, the death of Joseph Hahn (the man for whom Hahn’s Peak was named) and more.

The event is just one example of the museum’s efforts to partner with local organizations to bring unique history programs and events to the community — to bars, coffees shops, the Chief Theater, Bud Werner Memorial Library, churches, schools and more.

Programs take place at different times and days of the week to accommodate the schedules of locals, visitors and varying age groups.

Candice Bannister is executive director of Tread of Pioneers Museum.


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