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Oak Creek museum fifth in county to open

Alexis DeLaCruz

— After spending a lifetime collecting bells, chairs, diaries and photos from Oak Creek homes and businesses Mike Yurich finally has a place to display his collection.

Oak Creek’s Tracks and Trails Museum is being dedicated at 11:30 a.m. today at the Old Town Hall, 129 E. Main St. Lunch and entertainment will follow the dedication of the museum.

“I’m definitely excited,” Yurich said Friday. “I just hope all the locals come. It’s their museum.”

Yurich, a longtime Oak Creek resident, said the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg have worked the past eight years to open a museum.

“We’re pretty proud of how it looks,” he said.

The museum features office space, a few exhibit rooms and a display case built by Oak Creek’s Dovetail Designs.

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Nancy Peckham, a Historical Society volunteer, said the museum, which was funded through local and federal grants and private donations, has been a long time coming.

“The actual project started last year and we just finished last week with the pouring of the sidewalks,” she said. “We now have a home.”

Stagecoach resident Laurie Elendu has been hired as the museum’s part-time curator.

“It couldn’t have worked out better,” Peckham said. “They’ve been working to get the displays set up for weeks now.”

Candice Lombardo, executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs, is participating in the museum’s dedication today.

“We wanted to help the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg celebrate their dedication and support them by providing transportation by having all these people come with us,” she said.

Tread of Pioneers is providing free transportation to the Tracks and Trails Museum dedication for those who reserved a space, she said.

Local historian Jim Stanko will share local area history along the way, she said.

Oak Creek’s Tracks and Trails Museum is the fifth museum or historical preservation center to open in Routt County, Lombardo said.

Hayden, Hahn’s Peak, Yampa and Steamboat Springs all have museums or historical centers, she said.

“They’re the last to open,” she said. “It’s very exciting.”

Peckham agreed.

“We wanted to have a place to exhibit our history,” she said. “You wouldn’t believe the things (Yurich) has collected over the years. It’s incredible. He’s honestly the reason we have a museum at all.”

If you go

What: Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg’s dedication of the Tracks and Trails Museum

When: 11:30 a.m. today

Where: Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main St., Oak Creek

Cost: Free