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Porter Engine Gets a New Home

September 11 was a big morning for the Museum, with the move of the Porter Engine from the west side to the front of our building. We’re tickled to have it out front to showcase such a great piece of … Continue reading

Smokestack Celebration, August 26, 2017

Author and historian, Robert Autobee provided an entertaining and informative talk about the smokestack’s history. We have uploaded Robert’s talk (click the link) if you want to check some facts or were unable to attend. And we have a video … Continue reading

Salida Smokestack Centennial Celebration

  You’re invited! On August 26, the Salida Museum will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the smelter smokestack. It remains one of the most visible symbols of Salida’s colorful history. Join us for talks under the big tent about … Continue reading

Smelter smokestack video

               Ever wondered what it looked like from the top of the Salida smokestack?   Check out the new smokestack video, courtesy of the Salida High School UAS/Drone class students of 2016/2017. It’s a birds eye … Continue reading

Memorial Day, May 30, 1904

Did you know there used to be a suspension footbridge across the Arkansas River? It was used mostly railroad workers to get from town to the rail yards more quickly. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1904, as many as 12 … Continue reading

We’ve Reopened!

We’re open again after the lighting installation and putting everything back together. Stop by and check out all the updated cabinet exhibits including military and Native American. And see what a difference these lights make! Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 1-5:00 pm.

The Lights are Going In!

The new lights are going in this week! After all the fundraising, planning and boxing up artifacts, things are hopping. Ben Sineath from Sineath Electric is zipping right through the retrofit and comes with an awesome playlist! But then, of … Continue reading

Christmas, 1806

Did you know that on Christmas Day, 1806, Zebulon Pike’s party camped near Salida? In May of 1806, Zebulon Pike had been given orders for his second expedition to explore the westernmost borders of the Louisiana Purchase including the unknown … Continue reading

December 1892 Roundhouse Fire

At 8:45 am December 11, 1892, a watchman walking through the roundhouse discovered flames shooting up from Engine 174. He blew the whistle of Engine 529 and all hands scrambled to fight the fire. Within 2 minutes the flames had … Continue reading

Halloween and the 2nd graders

Every Halloween, Salida Museum volunteers host the 2nd grade classes to learn more about Salida and it’s history. We’re always impressed by how smart these kids are – I mean, would you have answered that boiling water produces “water vapor” … Continue reading