Western Colorado is rich in western history, and history comes alive on Saturday, June 8, at the Museum of the Mountain West’s Fourth Annual Tribute to Western Movies Day. Featured is the movie “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” and guest speaker/author Bill Betenson, great grandson of Lula Parker Betenson, sister of Robert LeRoy Parker (Butch Cassidy). After 20 years of research, Betenson published Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: A Family Portrait in 2012.
Located east of Montrose on U.S. 50 at Miami Road, the festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue non-stop until 4:00 p.m. Our knowledgeable and adventuresome volunteers will assure that you have a fantastic day, reliving events and history of the region’s past. Gunfights, souvenirs, strollers in period dress, food, a working blacksmith, candle-making, rug-making, spinning, barrel-making, horses, period cooking, numerous musical entertainers, and many more attractions too numerous to list, will be there to entertain, excite and educate you. These are all in addition to the Museum’s regular displays of 25 original buildings, over 500,000 original relics, artifacts, and items of historical significance, all explained and described by trained docents. Housed in the 10,000 square foot main building is an historic post office, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, drug store, saloon, dry goods store and many more fascinating displays from our past. From the 1913 German Lutheran Church to the 1890 school to the 1882 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Section House, you will be captivated at life as it was over a century ago.
Come and spend a fun-filled leisurely day learning more about this wonderful area in beautiful southwestern Colorado. Admission is only $10 for the entire day for adults, $5 for school age children and $25 for an immediate family. Better than a television documentary, it is real live history in our own backyard. Whether you have visited the Museum before or not, this is an exciting way to step back into the real history of the West! Food and craft vendor applications available. Volunteers are needed and with two hours of support, you get in free to the event. For additional details, visit www.mountainwestmuseum.com