Thursday, September 16, 2010
MUSEUM Of NORTHWEST COLORADO, COWBOY AND GUNFIGHTER MUSEUM
We were happily taking pictures on the ground floor before entering an upstairs room full of spurs, saddles, horse gear and such. I never did see the sign that asked that no photos be taken in this particular room, which I also learned later is a separate museum, The Cowboy And Gunfighter Museum. I took several pictures. Most docents warn you in case you don't see the sign, so I will not include any of them in my blog. There were interesting artifacts in the local part of the museum, anyway.
This finely tooled leather saddle was made by a blind man-story follows:
Built like a dresser, it was operated standing up with multiple drawers below the cash drawer.
Another thing the Museum of Northwest Colorado did well is their treatment of local school pictures. An old classroom set up takes up one part of the basement. The walls are lined with school pictures of all the kids who attended school in Craig.
The museum also has an 11 by 16 foot canvas painted of Craig, Colorado in 1895. Too big to capture on camera, but a real beauty.
Do make it a point to visit this place if you find yourself in northern Colorado west of Steamboat Springs. The Cowboy and Gunfighter Museum has a huge array of guns, some famous pieces; interesting saddles, chaps, leather goods. A huge number of spurs with the history and makers. Photos of real cowboys of Colorado, rodeo gear, whips, grand beaded belts and gloves, and so on. Great Western Americana.