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Tales from the Tread: Museum’s History Happy Hours returns

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Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, October through April, at the Butcherknife Brewing Co. (2875 Elk River Road) for our most popular event series called History Happy Hours. The event takes the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history to the community and into beloved happy hour. To sweeten the deal, each attendee will receive one free craft beer compliments of Butcherknife.

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," said the event's organizer and museum Executive Director Candice Bannister. "The event has been extremely popular due to the perfect pairing of fine local beer and fascinating local history."

To kick off the series on Oct. 3, 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 whiskey crowd that congregated in Brooklyn just across the river from Steamboat Springs. From fishing with dynamite to murder, Watson is sure to fascinate the audience as you wet your whistle with a craft brew.

On Nov. 7, nationally renowned author and historian Peter Decker will present Ute Indian history and conflicts, including the death of Nathan Meeker.

"Make no mistake, this was nothing less than a land grab by the U.S. government," Decker said when describing the U.S. government's broken promises and land treaties with the Utes and other tribes.

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On Dec. 5, local historian Paul Bonnifield returns to the series with "Routt County Murders and Kidnappings." Bonnifield is well known locally for his in-depth research and broad historical knowledge of Routt County history.

On Jan. 2, Museum of Northwest Colorado Assistant Director Paul Knowles will present "Routt County Gold: From First Strikes to Still-Lost Treasures." Knowles, who completed much of his research for a recent exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, is also an amateur gold miner himself.

Local Olympian, outfitter, and rancher, Ray Heid will shares his "Stories from the Trail" on Feb. 6. Heid has become famous locally for his storytelling while leading guests on trail rides for Del's Triangle 3 Ranch.

The March 6 lecture will be "The KKK in Routt County." "It is almost unbelievable that such an organization could spread beyond the south into Colorado, even more so to the rural areas of the West," wrote the late Oak Creek historian Peter Yurich.

Local historian and esteemed author, Sureva Towler will close the series April 3 with "Stories from Boys at the Bar," Towler's 2006 book about the "vanishing breed of cowboys and hellions."

The History Happy Hours events are one of many examples of the museum's outreach efforts to partner with local organizations and bring unique history programs and events out into the community — to bars, coffees shops, Chief Theater, Bud Werner Memorial Library, churches, community centers, schools and more. Space is limited. Cheers.

Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs preserves the history of the area. For more information, visit treadofpioneers.org.

IF YOU GO BOX:

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s History Happy Hour

When: 5:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month October 2017 through April 2018

Where: Butcherknife Brewing Co. at 2875 Elk River Road

Cost: Free event and one free craft beer for all who attend; donations appreciated. Space is limited.

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