Support the Salida Museum Association
Your membership helps us further our goals to preserve and tell the story of Salida and the surrounding area. In 2017, we replaced all fluorescent lights with LEDs to minimize UV damage to artifacts; we replaced the ceiling in the Maysville school teacher’s quarters; and improved many existing exhibits, including the Native American and military cabinets, which also received new LED lights, along with new posters and informative labels. We also held a 100th anniversary celebration at the Smokestack.
Our next big project focuses on the 1926 Porter 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. Plans include professional painting, and getting reproductions for the bell, builder’s plate and front lens, which were original to the engine.
Take a moment right now to join or renew your membership today!
Our annual membership is $15, which includes 5 visits. Lifetime membership is $100 and includes a current year calendar. We are a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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- Regular Membership, $15
- Lifetime Membership, $100
- Donation (any amount)
You can also send a check (made out to “Salida Museum Association”) to:
The Salida Museum
406 1/2 W. US Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
Please note on your check whether this is for a membership or donation.
2018 Salida Museum Association Donors and Members
The Salida Museum extends its thanks to our Donors and Association Members. Without their support, we could not continue to provide our local and out-of-town visitors with a glimpse into the rich and varied history of the Salida area.
Corporate Donors/Granting Organizations/Supporter
Irv & Gloria Broudy
Ron & Cindy Osterholt
Chaffee County Heritage Area / GARNA
First Colorado Land Office, Inc.
Marla Jo Batchelder
Franklin (Jay) Moore
Salida Museum Association Volunteers
These generous people literally keep the doors open and the place in order by spending their time and energy working at the Museum. We owe them a debt of gratitude that cannot be easily expressed. A heartfelt thanks goes out to them for their support.Bob Campbell Gail Franke Tom Franke Bonnie Konopka Giff Kriebel Susan & Rich Jesuroga
Judith & Ed Kinzie Earle Kittleman
Larry Kovacic John McCarthy Kathy Moore Ron & Janet Reginald Robin Rockney Pete Watson Mary Wolfe Tom Wolfe