Creede Historic Museum
This museum is housed in a building that was erected between 1891 and 1892, during the boom times. It originally served as a telegraph office and train station. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad extended their route into Creede, up the canyon to Upper Creede and some length beyond that, initially with narrow gauge and then in 1902, replaced it with standard gauge. This extension was in support of their mining operations. It is said that the railroad covered its own costs of creation within four months of completion.
The museum was reorganized and updated in 2015, and they had a record attendance of 3000 visitors that year. Have fun checking out this museum’s bowling ball cannon made locally and nationally famous by prankster Paul Stone. Their horse drawn hearse is a unique feature to see. They also have railroad art and an oak phone booth. The collection here has been described as ‘extensive’, so there are many items to view.
Take this opportunity to learn about Creede’s history including some famous characters like Soapy Smith, “Bat” Masterson, “Calamity Jane” and Bob Ford, the man who killed Jesse James.
The Historic Society offers a walking tour once a week in the summer, see their website for details.
$2 for adults, $1 for seniors over 60 and $5 for families.
Creede, CO 81130
Open Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm. Also open weekends in September. Winter hours, call ahead for an appointment.
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