Research a Historic Home

Researching a historic home — whether it’s one you own currently, or one you’re interested in for other reasons, can be fun and also frustrating. If you’re looking to do some research into an old home, here are our top tips for getting started: Check to see if the home is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Records at …

The Aviators Who Launched The Aviation Industry in the Grand Valley

By Jonathan Hamilton        In 1978, United Airlines spokesman George Niemer said that, “the airline carries as many passengers to and from Grand Junction each year as the entire population of Mesa County”. This remarkable feat was the culmination of nearly a century of aviation development that was headed by brave pioneers in the industry. Aviators like Charles Walsh, Eddie …

Where did it come from? Railroad Tie Mystery Solved

Listen to a segment of KAFM’s community affairs hour where Kaia Michaelis and Libbie Early interview Matt Darling about this find: Written By: Matt Darling                This spring at Cross Orchards Historic Site during our annual spring cleaning up we made an amazing discovery. While sorting thru some old junk Railroad lumber, we found a mostly intact narrow gauge railroad …

Hungry, Hungry Dinosaurs! How the Giant Plant Eaters of the Jurassic Got Enough to Eat

There are a lot of animals that eat plants. Think about the vast herds of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra migrating across the Serengeti, or dense herds of elk during the rut here in Colorado, or even the vast herds of bison that once covered huge swaths of North America. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. Good thing plants are …

Dave Bailey Retires from Museum of the West!

Curator of History David Bailey’s Retirement I have enjoyed being the Curator of History for the last 28 years at the Museums of Western Colorado. The countless exhibits, research projects, publications, expeditions, events, and tours bring back so many great memories. I am deeply indebted to the Directors, staff members, volunteers, and interns who contributed their time and dedication for …

Meeker Incident

The Meeker Incident was one the final incidents in a long history of animosity between the Ute people of Western Colorado and the white settlers from the east.  Here we explore the events leading up to the Meeker Incident and the Battle of Milk Creek, and the aftermath that was directly responsible for the forced expulsion of the Utes and …