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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Our annual Open House will be Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
At 1:00, Melanie Roth, president of Historic St. Elmo & Chalk Creek Canyon, will be our featured speaker, talking about the St. Elmo mining district and some of the preservation work they have been doing. St. Elmo and the mines were such an important component in Chaffee County and Salida’s economy. Along with the talk, you’ll have a chance to look through our new explorer, mining and railroad exhibits, and other updates throughout the museum.
From noon to 3:00, Wallace Ewing and James Barnett will be signing their new book, Focus on Salida. This pocket-sized guide combines photography and narrative to help you find more information about the fascinating architecture and history around Salida.
As usual, the Open House is free! And we’ll have cookies for the kids (and adults, too).
The Salida Museum is the Moonlight Monday non-profit on May 7, so we will benefit from their generous donation of 10% of sales.
Get a pizza, get a calzone, enjoy a brew, buy extras to freeze, but make sure you get to Moonlight Pizza to help our cause.
This year’s project is painting the Porter Engine, so help us get ‘er done!