? Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050
Step back in time at this reconstructed 1850s adobe fur-trading post along the Santa Fe Trail, which was a popular stop for traders, trappers, travelers and American Indians. At special events throughout the year, you can learn about the trades of 19th-century craftsmen, laborers and soldiers.
? Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
In this historic building, see antique quilts, art pottery, American lndian artifacts, and mining and agricultural tools. Got ancestors from Colorado Springs? Stop by the Starsmore Center of Local History.
? Cross Orchards Historic Farm
3073 F Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Experience pioneer life on an early 1900s fruit ranch. The farm, once the largest orchard in Colorado, now features original buildings, farm equipment, a Uintah Railway exhibit and a re-created train depot.
? Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St.
Denver, CO 80246
Four Mile House once served as a stagecoach stop, inn and tavern for westward travelers. Tour pioneer exhibits, attend programs and more.
? Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park
Devil’s Gate Visitors Center
646 Loop Drive
Georgetown, CO 80444
Ride through the mountains on the railroad that connected this mining town to Denver. Stop along the 4.5 mile loop to tour a historic silver mine.
? Ghost Town Wild West Museum
400 S. 21St St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
The Wild West lives in this historic town where gold miners once camped. Old Colorado Midland Railroad buildings now house artifacts. During the summer, you can pan for gold.
? Old Town Museum
420 S. 14th St.
Burlington, CO 80807
This 6.5-acre complex contains 21 restored buildings with turn-of-the-century artifacts and, during summer, an old-time soda fountain, cancan dancers and gunfight shows.
? Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
30th Street and Gateway Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Witness four time periods in the Pike’s Peak region: an 1775 American lndian area, 1860s homestead, 1880s farm and 1907 Edwardian estate.
? Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
County Road W, a mile east of County Road 54
Kiowa County, CO 81036
This site commemorates the 1864 attack by 700 soldiers that ended in the deaths of 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. See what researchers believe is the location of the lndian village, the points from which the soldiers first spotted the camp, and battle locations.
From the March 2008 Family Tree Magazine