New Museum President

Some changes for 2019! Bob Campbell has been elected as the new president of the Salida Museum Association. Bob is a long-time volunteer, helping out with so many tasks of running the museum, not to mention a fabulous docent and storyteller. We’re happy to welcome him to his new role.
Bob is seen here with outgoing president, Susan Jesuroga. Congratulations, Bob!


Salida Museum Negatives

For most of this year, the Museum has been working on a collaboration with the Salida Regional Library to scan many of our interesting old negatives. We are happy that these gems will finally be dusted off and be made available to anyone searching the Library archives.

Check it out under the Salida Museum Negatives Collection.

Looking for a uniquely Salida gift?


If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift for your history lover, consider the 2019 Museum calendar. All local photos and history. This year’s theme is interiors – who did what in all those historic buildings? Just $12. We also have many local and Colorado history books. We’re open 1-5:00 pm both Saturdays and Sundays.


Check out FIBArk documentary

Check out “Whitewater”, a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary tracing the history of FIBArk. The Salida Museum was proud to be a contributor to this fascinating history of FIBArk through film, photos and interviews.

2nd Grade Visits on Halloween

Every Halloween, the second graders come to visit the Museum as part of their local history module. They know a lot about local history and continue to amaze us on just how smart they are!

Thanks to Bob Campbell, Larry Kovacic and Susan Jesuroga for their time sharing our history, and to Earle Kittleman and Judith Kinzie for helping reunite lost gloves and hats with their owners.

1914 Rio Grande Booklet

Salida and Mt Ouray. “Cuddled in one of the innumerable valleys is Salida, a beautiful little city of 5,000 souls, surround by lofty mountains, which shield it from the cold blasts of winter and render it a delightful place in the summer time. Salida is an important divisional headquarters of the Denver & Rio Grande, which has four lines radiating from this point. The tourist will find Salida a most delightful place to stop over.” – from the 1914 “Rocky Mountain Views, on the Rio Grande” booklet.

Preserving the Mulvany Lithograph

Part of any museum’s mission is preservation of artifacts that have been donated. This photo shows Bob Inge, of Inge Preservations, examining our lithograph of Custer’s Last Rally, which was created from an original oil painting by Jon Mulvany, depicting the Battle of Little Big Horn. Inge will be cleaning the print and restoring the color. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when it’s back on the wall so you can drop by and see the results!

A look back – October, 1909

And you think the deer raiding your flower gardens are bad. Imagine your surprise in October of 1909…

Museum will be open July 23-27 – UPDATE!


We will be open July 23-27! The Museum will NOT be closed for the engine sandblasting. We’ve hit a little scheduling snafu, so stay tuned for information about the new closure dates, sometime in August. And sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.

But if you’d still like to donate to the cause, head over to our donation page and click the “Donate” button. We’re only about $800 short of our goal of $5000 to repaint the engine!

Porter Engine Preservation Work

In 1953, the Koppers Company of Pittsburgh donated a Porter Engine to the Salida Museum following the closure of its railroad tie-treating, creosote plant in Smeltertown near Salida. Built in 1926, the engine moved trams loaded with railroad ties to and from the treating shed. It is a two-foot gauge engine, with saddle tank and 0-4-0 wheel arrangement. This “dinky” was also known as the “Yard Goat” by local workers.

According to records, only 130 of the 24-inch gauge tank engines were made by Porter, compared to a larger number of 36-inch models, a fact, which if true, makes the Salida Museum’s engine quite rare. (From The Porter Locomotive, in Steam Locomotive—April, 1960—Starrucca Valley Publications William S. Young, Editor & Publisher.)

This summer we will be doing preservation work on the engine (primarily painting and replacing some missing parts) to preserve it on static display for future generations because of its historical significance to the area. If you’d like to help out, please visit our donation page