City Grant Boosts Facelift Project For Museum Of The Mountain West
Richard Fike, director and CEO of Museum of the Mountain West, stands behind the Chipper Saloon bar. The museum is improving the facade of its main building with a grant from the City of Montrose and has a full slate of activities set for the year.
Design drawing shows the facade improvements planned at Museum of the Mountain West.
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The Museum of the Mountain West has been pulling in close to 100 visitors a day, with more than 7,000 walking onto the eastern Montrose grounds in 2021. Soon, a new look will beckon travelers and locals alike: with a $21,000 facade improvement grant from the City of Montrose, the museum is giving its main building a facelift plus expanding its gift shop space to include more local artisans.
Were putting a facade on the metal building so it doesnt look like a metal building, Director Richard Fike said.
There is an addition on the front of the building where the parking lot is at the Miami Road/U.S. 50 property, which will upon project completion look like two separate buildings, with more of an Old West feel in keeping with the 28 historic buildings at the site.
With the facade, people from the highway will be able to see it. People coming down Miami will see that. It will enhance the museum and museum grounds, Fike said. Were tickled about that.
Fike said the construction bid for his project came in at about $42,000. Sukle Construction LLC of Delta is doing the work.
Welcome To Where History Comes Alive In Western Colorado
The Museum of the Mountain West is in beautiful Montrose, Colorado. Approximately 40 western movies have been filmed in the Centennial Colorado!
Experience what it was like to live in western Colorado during the time of pioneers, cowboys, ranchers, and the railroad. View 500,000 artifacts from the mountain west displayed in stores and offices from the 1880-1930.
WALKING TOUR: 23 restored exterior and original buildings include a 2-story carriage house with blacksmith, a one-room schoolhouse, teacherage, hotel with saloon, railroad buildings and general store. Within the interior main building are 11 businesses with furnishings of the period.
SPECIAL EVENTS: — Wonders from Down Under — Storytelling, music and silent auction fun for the whole family. MAY 14, 2022 1:30-4pm — 1st Annual Victorian Tea — Sold out in 2022 – Call for 2023 reservations. — Comedy Night with Nancy Norton and John Novsad cash bar, concessions and silent auction. — Farm and Ranch Days Chili Cook-Off vendors, live music, cowboy poetry, line dancing, food, cash bar along with an artifacts and antiques sale. — Tribute to Western Movies, vendors, live music, gunfights, movie re-enactment, silent auction and western show. — Concert and VIP reception. — Railroad Days.
GIFT SHOP: Offers a wide selection of souvenirs from $1 to $3,000 including many antiques.
VENUE RENTAL: The 1913 German Lutheran Church Building is available for rent: weddings, banquets, seminars, concerts and holiday parties.
Groups Reunions And Weddings
- Groups Welcome: Club. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room.
- Conference Center: Meeting room with tables and chairs can be set up class room style. Some A/V equipment available for seminars. Call for more details.
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 100
- Your Host will Provide Wedding Planning Help: Yes
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Stories From The Wild
Check out our new website! Stories from the Wild features a collection of interviews and guest blog posts highlighting the use of the Wind River Mountains and Green River Valley both historically and in our modern era. These posts are complimented by historical documents and objects from the Museum of the Mountain Mans collections. With high-resolution photography, a modern layout, and interactive content, the Stories from the Wild website makes history fun and accessible.
Light And Legacy: The Art And Techniques Of Edward S Curtis
Western Spirit: Scottsdales Museum of the West is proud to announce Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis, an unparalleled exhibition celebrating the life and works of photographer, ethnographer, and adventurer Edward Curtis. Spanning three decades, Edward Curtis traveled the land west of the Mississippi from Arizona to the High Arctic, visiting over 80 Indigenous Peoples and creating thousands of images, audio recordings, and the earliest motion pictures of Native Americans, all while making tremendous contributions to the art and science of photography. Curtiss 20 volume publication, The North American Indian, remains unmatched in American ethnographic annals for its scope, depth, empathy, and artistry.
Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis is co-curated by Tim Peterson, Museum Trustee and collector and Dr. Tricia Loscher, Assistant Director for Collections, Exhibitions and Research at Scottsdales Museum of the West. Opened October 19, 2021. Book your visit today!
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Museum Of The Mountain West
Open year-round, visit the Museum of the Mountain for a guided tour, a self-guided tour, or a school tour! This six-acre property houses 28 historical buildings in “Adobe Flats” and 11 historical displays of shops and medical offices in our main building. The museum boasts over half-a-million artifacts in its collection.
Come and spend a fun-filled, leisurely day learning more about this wonderful area in beautiful Western Colorado and be sure to check out the library and gift shop.
Museum of the Mountain West
68169 Miami Road
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Museum of the Mountain ManSublette Co. Historical Society Inc.
PO Box 909 | 700 E. Hennick, Pinedale, WY 82941
Summer Hours: May 1 Oct. 31: Everyday 9 am-5 pmWinter Hours: November 1 April 30 by advance appointment
ADMISSION$10 Adults | $8 Senior CitizensChildren Free
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The Museum Of The Mountain West In Montrose Is Expanding
The Museum is adding a period western façade to the main building.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose is adding a period western façade to the Museums main building. This is thanks to a Facade Improvement Matching grant from the City of Montrose. The grant was awarded by DART, the Development and Revitalization Team. The Museum will split the costs of construction.
The museum is a set of 28 historic buildings set in the time period from 1840 to 1940. It consists of a western village with historic homes, a school and a church. The new building addition will fit in with the character of the other buildings on the property. It will be partially painted in line with the history at the time with materials used from that time period as well.
The museum is two parts, said Museum of the Mountain West Founder and Director Richard Fike. Its the Museum of the Mountain West which has 11 buildings up to two stories high inside, all furnished. Then we have the adobes, the ones outside of Adobe Flats. So this is a two part façade so itll look like two different buildings. The lower one on this side and a two story part on this side.
Another part of the expansion is the enlarging of the Museums gift shop in the main building. It will provide more retail space for merchandise, antiques and the work of local artists.
The Museum is located at 68169 Miami Rd. in Montrose. It is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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