2020 is the landmark, 40th Anniversary year for our Historical Society. Conceived by a small group of Surface Creek Valley residents, the society was incorporated in 1980. The group recognized that a large number of historic artifacts were being lost to garage sales, the trash bin, or erosion from weather and time.
They held a series of meetings, drafted articles of incorporation and bylaws, elected officers, and submitted their documents to the Colorado Secretary of State. From that small beginning has come an active historical society currently with 250 members that owns and operates a nearly 6-acre Pioneer Town Museum incorporating the Chapel of the Cross, the Stolte Packing Shed, the Charlie Baker Arboretum, the Dick McGuire Pergola, and the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byways Welcome Center.
Accomplishments over the past 40 years are the result of volunteer efforts, and that continues today. Please consider volunteering your time and effort as we begin the journey toward the next 40 years.
CHAPEL OF THE CROSS
The Pioneer Town Museum is now CLOSED and will open on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 with our Heritage Day event from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Our season runs from Memorial weekend in May through the first weekend of October. We are open Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM. Closed on Sundays.
Stolte Shed and the Chapel of the Cross are available
for rental all year 'round.
OLD MAIN STREET
REMEMBER! Surface Creek Valley
Historical Society MEMBERS
ATTEND EVENTS FREE!
...and no admission charge
to the Museum
Step through the Welcome Center and into the past. The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society with the help of hundreds of minds and willing hands have created an outstanding museum of 24 buildings with displays; on nearly 5 acres, most of which are actual artifacts from the era, represented from the historical period of the late 1800’s through the early and mid 1900’s.
Pioneer Town is a genuine community project, thanks to a lot of hard work, donations, memberships, admission fees, and many fund raising events. Work has been provided by a great number of dedicated volunteers, local contractors, and work groups from the honor camp.
The three wooden silos welcome you to Pioneer Town and are on the National Historic Registry due to their unique 9 and 11 multi-sided construction. These silos are in their original location and were part of the Bar-I Ranch.
Ring the bell atop the Sand Creek Schoolhouse. Now imagine the 9 Peterson children trying to settle down for the night in their 1881 log cabin. Stroll down the wooden boardwalks of old Main Street, and stop in the well-stocked Coalby Store where pioneers picked up supplies, mail and the latest town news.
Just down the way, don't miss the Charles States Museum and see a variety of displays from needlepoint to one of the largest dinosaur footprints ever found. Imagine trying to squeeze into the narrow shoes at the Girling Mercantile.
Keep an eye out for the sheriff, and don't get into trouble; you might end up in the original, unheated 1906 jail. Now that you've been warned, step into the Lizard Head Saloon and belly up to the bar. Rest your bones as so many travelers have done over the years. But remember the bar is closed during COURT. Just ahead feel the love and painstaking craftsmanship that went into making the handmade dolls in Doris' Doll and Toy House. Picture the Indians sharpening the points of arrowheads that now comprise one of the most extensive collections in the West at the Sutherland Indian Museum.
The Pioneer Town Museum is owned and maintained by the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society.
The entire complex is 'maintained, staffed and operated' solely by dedicated VOLUNTEERS.
Pioneer Town is a continuing and evolving reminder of how the early settlers to the Surface Creek Valley and Colorado lived.
The continued growth and existence of Pioneer Town is linked to the dedication and support from our Volunteers, Historical Society Memberships, Visitors and YOU!! Please help us to keep our history alive for the educational benefit of future generations.