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2020 was the landmark, 40th Anniversary 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, trash bins, 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, and so much more.

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.


"Great place to visit with your family. So interesting to see how the olden days were. Very well maintained with pleasant staff. Love the memorial for our veterans"

Stacey P. 

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