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.

By Credit Card

You can join or donate using PayPal.

  • Regular Membership, $15 
  • Lifetime Membership, $100
  • Donation (any amount)

By Check

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

50 Burger

Elevation Beer Company

Moonlight Pizza

The Mountain Mail

Lifetime Members

Alan & Elaine Adams
Don Bauder
Marilyn Bouldin
Irv & Gloria Broudy
Cheryl Brown-Kovacic
Robert Cato
Claude & Margaret Dean
Ann Ewing
Katy & Bob Grether
Judith Kinzie
Earle & Judy Kittleman
Larry Kovacic
Scarlett & Robert Massine
Mildred Moffett
Ron & Cindy Osterholt
Donna & John Rhoads
William Schrader
Jane Templeton
Forrest Whitman
Mary Wolfe
Jack Za
Chaffee County Heritage Area / GARNA
First Colorado Land Office, Inc. (Jeff Post)
Krivanek Jewelers

Annual Members

Marla Jo Batchelder
Kevin Brundage
Elizabeth Dixon
John Dykins
Daniel and Christine Dziennik
Gregory Everhart
Gail Franke
Alison Gerlach
Joy Jackson
Matthew Jameson
Sally Kriebel
Janet Lastovica
Lisa Marvel
Dennis McCargar
Franklin (Jay) Moore
William Murphy
Jackie Powell
Arlene Shovald
Mark Yates
Richard Young

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 efforts.

Bob Campbell
Mary Dunn
Gail Franke
Tom Franke
Alison Gerlach
Bonnie Konopka
Giff Kriebel
Susan & Rich Jesuroga
Judith & Ed Kinzie
Earle Kittleman
Larry Kovacic
John McCarthy
Ron & Janet Reginold
Robin Rockney
Rhonda Skinner
Pete Watson
Mary Wolfe
Tom Wolfe


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