History Happy Hours

Location: Butcherknife Brewery, (2875 Elk River Rd.)
Cost: Free

10/3: “Brooklyn: Steamboat’s Red Light District” with author and Hayden Heritage Curator, Laurel Watson
11/7: “Ute History and the Death of Nathan Meeker” with author and historian Peter Decker.
12/5: “Routt County Murders and Kidnappings” with historian Paul Bonnifield
01/2: “Routt County Gold: From First Strikes to Still-Lost Treasures” with Paul Knowles, Assistant Director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado
02/06: “Rowdy Routt County: Stories from the Trail” with Olympian and Cowboy Ray Heid
03/06: “The KKK in Routt County” with Nita Naugle of the Tracks and Trails Museum
04/03: “Stories from the Boys at the Bar” with author Sureva Towler

Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum the first Tuesday of every month, October through April, at 5:30pm at the Butcherknife Brewery (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 out to the community and into beloved happy hour. To sweeten the deal, each attendee receives one free craft beer compliments of Butcherknife Brewery.

“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. Last year’s topics included: “Brooklyn: Steamboat’s Red Light District,” “Routt County’s Cattle and Sheep Range Wars,” “Outlaws and Lawmen of Routt County,” “Crimes and Conflicts in Routt County History,” and more.
Other planned topics include local murder mysteries and kidnappings, the White River War and the Meeker Incident, rowdy women, and more.

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

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