Colorado Historic Sites

By Dana Schmidt Premium

? Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050

(719) 383-5010

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
(719) 385-5990

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
(970) 434-9814

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
(720) 865-0800


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
(888) 456-6777

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
(719) 634-0696

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
(719) 346-7382

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
(719) 578-6777

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
(719) 383-5051

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

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