Category Archives: Museum of the West

MWC For Free!

MWC For FREE at Dinosaur Journey Museum Come to Fruita and re-discover the ancient world of the dinosaurs for FREE on Wednesday nights! Dinosaur Journey is proud to announce that we will begin staying open late on Wednesday evenings, starting March 15. We will be open until 7 pm on Wednesdays. Each night will feature special activities that are FREE and open to the public. In addition, all admissions after our normal closing time (4 … Read More

Museum Education Class Review

Museums of Western Colorado Education Department Day one of the museum class went overwhelming well. We had more educationeers than had originally signed up for the class. The excitement level was high, and everyone was eager to learn about everything that the Museums of Western Colorado has to offer our community. Our Executive Director Dr. Peter Booth talked to us a bit about his background, shared with us a few historical artifacts, and even let … Read More

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita are not aware that it, too, is under the umbrella of the Museums of Western … Read More

Museum of the West — Curator’s Corner

New Discovery About the Use of Flint in Early Spanish Colonial Wheellock Pistols By Director of the Western Investigations Team/Curator of History David P. Bailey Copyright© 2016 All Rights Reserved Please click images for full-size. It has been assumed by historians and archaeologists that wheellock pistols used in the New World by Spanish Colonial adventurers and explorers used pyrite, not a flint ignition system. The earliest wheellock pistols were invented in the early 1500s. The pistols had … Read More

From Our Collections – Placerville Post Office

One of the largest artifacts in the Museum of the West’s history collections is the Placerville Post Office. The post office was acquired by the museum from the town of Placerville, Colorado, in 1986. The first Placerville post office opened in 1878, and Elizabeth Benson was the first postmaster. Postmasters in those days often opened up post offices in their own homes. In 1934, the new post office opened in a separate building in Placerville. … Read More