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Throwback Thursday! Celebrate Women's History Month

March 14th, 2019
Throwback Thursday! To celebrate women's history month, we pay tribute to all of the Routt County women who have helped make this corner of the world such a wonderful place. ... Read more

Collections Spotlight: The Moffat Tunnel

February 28th, 2019
In February of 1928 the Moffat Tunnel was completed. The 6.2 mile railroad tunnel that passes under the Continental Divide, connects Gilpin and Grand counties, and made available an array ... Read more

Collection Spotlight: Pioneer Christmas Memories

December 20th, 2018
Mary Crawford King left a written record of the first Christmas gathering in Steamboat Springs in 1877. Those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. James H. Crawford, their children, and ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - New Special Election Exhibit now on display!

November 2nd, 2018
85 years ago, Colorado residents were voting to repeal Prohibition in this Special Election. After the votes were cast and counted, ratification was set in motion to end the dry ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Honor Roll of Routt County

October 24th, 2018
Throwback Thursday! In light of our newest exhibit, "Honor Roll of Routt County," an exhibit honoring the American Legion and the courageous citizens from Routt County who served in WW ... Read more

Collections Spotlight: Remembering the Late Bill May of Elk River

September 27th, 2018
“Two Horsepower” by Bill May

Mighty fine tractor there, Pardner. Two hundred horsepower, you say? Makes my horses seem sort of shabby, But they work if I just feed ... Read more

Throwback Thursday! Tread of Pioneers Museum Publishes Historical Books

June 8th, 2018
Throwback Thursday! Did you know that the Tread of Pioneers Museum publishes historical books and recently transcribed the memoir of Louis Summer (Vernon's dad)? ... Read more

Throwback Thursday Collections Spotlight: Don Lufkin’s Saddle.

May 31st, 2018
Donated to the Tread of Pioneers Museum in 1998 by Donald Lufkin.

According to the Lufkin family, this saddle was only the second saddle Don ever used – the ... Read more

Collections Spotligh - Rotary dial telephone

May 24th, 2018
Rotary dial telephone. In 1900, a telephone line from Meeker, CO brought service to Steamboat Springs, a distance of approximately 90 miles. For some time, only one phone existed in ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Western Saddle & Baseball Uniform

May 18th, 2018
Western saddle, 1905 - This saddle was purchased by local cattleman, expert horseman, roper, and businessman, Frank Squire. Squire bought the Heiser company saddle in Denver in 1905 when he ... Read more

Throwback Thursday! New items on display from The Pleasant Collection of Native American Art at the Tread of Pioneers Museum

May 11th, 2018
1. Navajo Saddle Blanket (Circa 1910-1920)

Rain Symbol design. Instead of being placed between the saddle and the horse, this decorative type of saddle blanket was draped on top ... Read more

Throwback Thursday! This just in at the museum!

April 12th, 2018
John Warren Richardson's camping trip through the Colorado Rockies in 1898.

Here is a snippet to whet your whistle! "Morning dawned clear and cold, water freezing in our tent. ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - The Little Red Caboose

April 5th, 2018
"The Little Red Caboose" Essay and research by James L. Crawford

In 1906, the Steamboat Springs Town Board decided it was time to build a town jail. The seting ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Love seat made from Rocky Mountain big horn sheep horns, circa 1910

March 15th, 2018
Throwback Thursday collections spotlight: Love seat made from Rocky Mountain big horn sheep horns, circa 1910. The unique seat was made by Steamboat Springs’ most notable early-day carpenters, Ernest Campbell ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - World Champion and three-time Olympic medalist, Johnny Spillane's Olympic Silver Medal

February 26th, 2018
World Champion and three-time Olympic medalist, Johnny Spillane's Olympic Silver Medal Nordic Combined, 2010 Vancouver, B.C., Canada On display at the Tread of Pioneers Museum starting tomorrow! Come and see ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Ski jumping competition medal awarded to Carl Howelsen.

December 14th, 2017
Ski jumping competition medal awarded to Carl Howelsen. Howelsen won this medal in 1920 in Dillon, CO. Howelsen, a Norwegian stone mason and ski jumper known as the Father of ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - World War I gas mask

December 7th, 2017
World War I gas mask. Created to protect soldiers from poison gas attacks that became prevelent during the war. The use of poison gas in warfare was previously thought to ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Routt County Courthouse Log

December 1st, 2017
Piece of a wood log removed from the original Routt County courthouse, located in Hayden, Colorado, 1879. Approximately 27" long. The first Routt County courthouse was built in Hayden in ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Chase Splitter Machine

November 2nd, 2017
Chase splitter machine. Splitting is the process of thinning or dividing hides of leather into two or more layers in order to get the leather into a workable thickness. A ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Mail Bag

October 27th, 2017
Mail Bag- leather, used prior to canvas mail bags of the 1920s. Thought to have been used to carry U.S. mail or voter ballots on saddle horses or carried on ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Ski chair

October 26th, 2017
Throwback Thursday collections spotlight! Ski chair used on lift which ran from the base of Howelsen Hill to top of Emerald Mountain. The lift was installed in 1948, and at ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Colorado driver license

October 17th, 2017
Colorado driver license, 1921, No. 11240. Brown metal pin, 1 1/2" diameter. Donated by the Forgey family. Charles Forgey opened an automobile mechanic shop in Mount Harris in 1927. ... Read more

Collection Spotlight: Pair of Crow Indian beaded leggings

October 13th, 2017
Pair of Crow Indian beaded leggings - ca. 1940-1950. White with white and blue seed beads. Brain tanned, sewn with sinew. From Wind River Indian reservation. ... Read more

Collection Spotlight: Bedspread/coverlet

September 22nd, 2017
Bedspread/coverlet in the design of rose and acorn stripes with grapevine and bowl borders; green, red, yellow, blue. The corner reads : "Samuel Meily, Mansfield, Richland Ohio 1840". The bedspread ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Paper placemat from the Harbor Hotel

September 8th, 2017
Paper placemat from the Harbor Hotel. The placemat is marked, “Hotel Harbor" "nine miles from Continental Divide, Steamboat Springs, Colorado" "Ralph Zushlag, owner and manager" "Warm Spring Swimming, Fishing, hunting, ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Orange cardboard drug/medicine container

August 25th, 2017
Orange cardboard drug/medicine container, holding "Fuller Earth". From "Chamberlain-Gray Drug Co. Steamboat Springs, Colorado". Chamberlain-Gray was located in the current site of Lyons Drug Store, inside the Squire building at ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Bandanna

August 10th, 2017
Bandanna, orange, marked with Steamboat logo and "Werner Storm Hut". The Werner Hut was owned and operated by Hazie and Skeeter Werner, it was the first ski lodge and rental ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Party Dress

July 20th, 2017
87.13.272 – Party Dress. Orange-color, made of chiffon. Short in length with a low neck. Worn about 1920, belonged to Dorothy Wither. Wither owned and operated a ladies’ clothing store ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Cabin Hotel Key

July 13th, 2017
79.204.5 – Cabin Hotel Key. Marked “No. 76. If carried away, return by parcel post, 2 cents." “No. 8" written on back. The Cabin Hotel was the landmark hotel ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - The Hands-On Pioneer Bedroom is open!

May 18th, 2017
The Hands-On Pioneer Bedroom is open!

Creating a dedicated kid-friendly space has been a goal of Tread of Pioneers Museum staff for several years. Through visitor surveys, evaluations, comments, ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Steamboat Strawberries

April 21st, 2017
Many people around Steamboat Springs, including myself, have admitted to searching grasses, fields, and an occasional garden for any sign of the now vanished local Remington strawberry. I have had ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Phillips Family Colt

March 3rd, 2017
In 1959, the Phillips family, a pioneer family from the Oak Creek area, donated a revolver to the newly established Tread of Pioneers Museum. I recently found a letter in ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - The Story of A Sock Knitter

February 15th, 2017
By Sara Sweeney, Intern An unfamiliar machine is featured in a sewing display at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The machine, about four feet tall, has: three metal legs, cranks ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Keeping your Holiday Treasures Safe

January 6th, 2017
By Katie Adams, Curator Treasured holiday themed heirlooms help us celebrate the season and are precious pieces that tell the story of our families. Before or after the holidays is ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - The Mystery of the Wax Cylinders

December 16th, 2016
By Katie Adams, Curator The Tread of Pioneers Museum has two Ediphone dictating machines and nine associated sound-recording wax cylinders. We do not know the origins of our Ediphones, nor ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Election Day

November 8th, 2016
By Katie Adams, Curator Election Day in Routt County has been an important day in the region since our first elections were held in 1877. Formal government came to Northwest ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Telephones through time at Tread of Pioneers

October 6th, 2016
By Katie Adams, Curator A collection of antique telephones at the Tread of Pioneers Museum reveal the history of telephone service in Steamboat Springs.

Telephone service began in 1900 ... Read more

Camp Fire Girls

September 1st, 2016
Camp Fire Girls was organized around 1910 as a sister organization to Boy Scouts of America. By 1913 there were three scouting girls’ groups in the United States: Girl Scouts, ... Read more

Mrs. Reid’s Letter

July 11th, 2016
As promised in the previous blog, this month I am featuring an amazing story about pioneer wagon travelers conquering the mountains of Northwest Colorado. Through my time at the museum, ... Read more

A Copper Pot for the Ages

June 23rd, 2016
Collection Spotlight by Katie Adams, Curator, Tread of Pioneers Museum
Journeys West: Pioneer Tales from the Wagon Trail is the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s newest exhibit. The exhibit chronicles ... Read more

Collection Spotlight - Rolling Star Quilt

May 1st, 2016
By Katie Adams, Curator The Tread of Pioneers Museum has a wonderful quilt collection. One quilt, called the Rolling Start quilt, dates to about 150 years old. The quilt (like ... Read more

Finding Your Needle in a Haystack of Needles

March 1st, 2016
One item in our collection I have always been particularly curious about is a large, round, tin, with a slit in the top that rotates. Inside are about 50 wooden ... Read more

Saying goodbye to the Semotan Family exhibit

February 1st, 2016
"Has it been a whole year already?!" I ask Trenia Sanford, granddaughter of Quentin and Evelyn Semotan and collaborator on the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Foundations of Steamboat Exhibit, featuring ... Read more

The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Edward S. Curtis Collection

January 13th, 2016
"In Mr. Curtis we have both an artist and a trained observer, whose pictures are pictures, not merely photographs; whose work has far more than mere accuracy, because it is ... Read more

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

December 15th, 2015
Collection Spotlight By Katie Adams – information provided by Colorado, Wyoming Museum Association

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) online database is one resource that I utilize almost daily ... Read more

Snurfing

October 30th, 2015
10/2015 - 5/2016
Combine the words snow and surfing and you get “Snurfing.” This is exactly what Nancy Poppen did in 1965 when her husband, Sherman Poppen presented a handmade ... Read more

A Confederate Note

October 7th, 2015
A Confederate Note By Katie Adams, Curator at the Tread of Pioneers Museum Part of the mission of the Tread Pioneers Museum is to collect and interpret items that tell ... Read more

Music for Brooklyn

September 10th, 2015
Steamboat Springs was established as a “dry town” by the town founders. A November 21, 1900 Steamboat Pilot article headlined “Ordinance,” enacted prohibition of alcohol sales within town limits and ... Read more

Black Circles and Chilly Feet

July 29th, 2015
Collection Spotlight by Katie Adams, Curator at Tread of Pioneers Museum

I have the privilege of meeting a lot of wonderful, knowledgeable people through my job. Visitors to the ... Read more

A Coincidence You Have to See to Believe

July 3rd, 2015
Collection Spotlight by Katie Adams, Curator, Tread of Pioneers Museum

We recently opened a new exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, The Horse: Exploring the Profound Relationship between ... Read more

Collection Spotlights with Museum Curator Katie Adams - June 2015

June 3rd, 2015
In 1986 the Tread of Pioneers Museum was given a rather odd gift from Guthrey Drake. The gift was a human tooth, a gold tooth to be exact. The tooth, ... Read more

Curator's Collection Spotlights - May 2015

May 4th, 2015
By Katie Adams, Curator One of the most valued and interesting pieces in the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s collection is a very ordinary looking wooden gavel. The gavel was used ... Read more

Agriculture Appreciation Week, March 22-29

March 19th, 2015
Agriculture Appreciation Week, March 22-29, is a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture. In our modern world of technology, plastics, clean packaging, and online shopping, we may ... Read more

Carl Howelsen (1877-1955)

July 25th, 2014
“The Flying Norseman”
Father of Skiing in Colorado

Born in Oslo, Norway, Carl Howelsen was a ski jumping champion in the making. In 1905, Howelsen left Norway for America where ... Read more

 

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The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.