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Montrose County Historical Museum

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” The Mission of the Montrose County Historical Society and Museum is to preserve, display and interpret the historic and cultural legacy of Montrose County and its surrounding region.”   The Museum is currently closed for the season and will reopen in May 2017 Located in the old Rio Grande Rail Road Depot on 21 North Rio Grande Avenue in …

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Museum of the Mountain West

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East of Montrose on Highway 50 is the Museum of the Mountain West. Consisting of several dozen buildings and a collection of over 50,000 artifacts, the Museum is a must see for visitors of the Uncompahgre Valley. Museum of the Mountain West 68169 E Miami Road Montrose, CO 81401 (970) 240-3400 Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30. To schedule tours for …

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Fort Uncompahgre

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Antione Robidoux established the trading outpost in the 1820’s in the bottom lands near the junction of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers just south of Delta, Colorado. This area was a hub for trails coming north out of the San Juan River Basin in south western Colorado and north western New Mexico, meeting the North Branch of the Old Spanish …

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Old Spanish Trail

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The Old Spanish Trail, which followed a sinuous route between the two Spanish centers, Santa Fe in New Mexico and Los Angles in California evolved slowly. It was not firmly established as an animal pack train route, largely encompassing well used Indian trails until about 1830. Few physical scars of the early treks remain along its 1200 mile length. River …

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Ute Indian Museum

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The Ute Indian Museum located on Highway 550 South of Montrose houses one of the most complete collections of Ute Indian artifacts.  The grounds are located on the original 8.65 acre Chief Ouray Homestead.  Originally constructed in 1956, and expanded in 1998, the museum presents locals and visitors with the history of the Ute Nation from pre-history into the present. …