Category Archives: Cross Orchards Historic Site

Kaia Michaelis Joins Museums of Western Colorado as Executive Director

The Museums of Western Colorado is pleased to announce that Kaia Michaelis has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. Kaia has been the Director of both the Utah Museum of Art and History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History for the past eight years in Brigham City, Utah. She has been very successful in building community connections, improving programs, and expanding the financial and organizational capacity of these two institutions. Kaia … Read More

Cross Orchards’ Victory Garden

By Kathy Kimball The Victory Garden at Cross Orchards is a living exhibit that provides a look back into how families supplemented their food during World War II. This is the second season for the garden following a bountiful harvest from last year. Modifications to the garden from last year have resulted in a more diverse range of vegetables for 2019. This year spring and cool weather crops have been thriving with our cooler temperatures. … Read More

The Railroad Exhibits of Cross Orchards Historic Site

Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society The care and operation of the railroad exhibits at Cross Orchards are a joint venture between the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society and Cross Orchards Historic Site. The Rio Grande chapter was founded in September 1977 and became an exhibit restoration partner in the mid-1980s. Uintah Railway Exhibit In 1904 the Gilson Asphalt Company founded the Uintah Railway. The goal of the … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight – Jim Osborn

Here at Cross Orchards Historic Site we have been very lucky to have in our volunteer corps a retired professional painter, Jim Osborn. In early May, Jim offered to paint both the gallery building (previously the Country Store) at Cross and the clubhouse of our partners, the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club, for free. With such a rare and priceless opportunity, we had to say YES! The GVMRRC quickly agreed to pay for their portion … Read More

Introducing Our New Site Logos: Unique but Unified

We are proud to introduce to our members and friends the new logo designs for Cross Orchards, Dinosaur Journey, Museum of the West, and Loyd Files Research Library. These are not replacing the current Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) logo. On the contrary, the intent is to help strengthen the image of the MWC as well as bring positive attention to each of the unique sites. The MWC museum facilities—Cross Orchards, Dinosaur Journey, Museum of … Read More

Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series

After much anticipation, the Museums of Western Colorado and Home Loan would like to announce the upcoming Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series. The concert venue, the historic barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site, will feature a wide variety of performers and provide the perfect ambience for a midsummer night’s concert. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and performances will begin at 7:00 pm. Performances will include the following:     June 14 Thomasina Russell  has … Read More

Cross Orchards Historic Site to Host Antique Truck Show

May 26 • 9 am-4 pm Cross Orchards Historic Site welcomes trucking enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in the history of trucks to attend an Antique Truck Show, co-hosted by the regional chapter of the American Truck Historical Society. Trucks on display will range from Cross Orchard’s very own 1917 Model T and span the automotive evolution to modern day semi-trucks still in service. “The Model T was built by the Ford Motor Company … Read More

Orchard Renewal Project

Cross Orchards Historic Site might be closed for the season but, as on all farms, there is work to be done all year round. One current project is our orchard renewal. We are locating irrigation pipes, clearing them of debris. Mesa Conservation District collected soil samples from 9 locations. When the tests come back we will make further plans for the orchard renewal. One of the nurseries we will be getting trees from this spring … Read More


Starting June 14 Wednesday & Saturday mornings, 7:30 am-Noon Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road   A farm and ranch market run by farmers and ranchers to bring high quality, local produce to the Grand Valley community. FARM works with the Museums of Western Colorado to celebrate the heritage of the past, while enjoying today’s delicious harvest. More about F.A.R.M. here

Auto Fest 2017

May 20  • 9 am-4 pm $5 per person This is a fun family event for everyone to come and enjoy. We are inviting all types of vehicles including hot rods, muscle cars, vintage travel trailers, motorcycles, trucks, rat rods, customs, and more. If you have that special car that you would like to show off, come on down. Registration from 7-9 am; the show is 9 am-4 pm. There is a planned cruise along … Read More