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With our recent member and volunteer reception at Pioneer Town we discovered that, especially in this new age of social distancing, we need to be creative about ways to be social. This weekly event, at the over five-acre Pioneer Town arboretum is open only to members of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, but anyone can join the society. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged, and nominal fee may be charged for beverages.

Weekly Friday Night
Outdoor Happy Hour
Pioneer Town Talks
Dick Jones and the Prehistoric Beast
Thursday   August  13th   10:30 AM

Did you know that a long, long time ago, dinosaurs roamed the Surface Creek Valley, some even swam in the Inland Sea?

Possibly the most famous of the prehistoric beasts found here in this valley is the mosasaur, a marine reptile, that was discovered by a high school student 45 years ago, and is now on display the the BYU Museum of Paleontology. A casting of the gigantic beast's ugly skull is on display at Pioneer Town.

In addition to the mosasaur, Pioneer Town is the residence of dinosaur tracks discovered in the ceiling of the Coalby's States Mine in the 1930s!

Dick Jones, a former teacher at Cedaredge High School, helped with the painfully slow process of removing the mosasaur's delicate bones from the shale where they had lain for 82 million years. We are very pleased that Mr Jones will be on hand to share his account of that process as well as his knowledge of the local geology, and the biology of these beasts.

New Cedaredge
Sunday Farmers Market

Sunday Farmers Market at Pioneer Town featuring: Local Fruits and Vegetables, Flowers & Plants, Sustainable Meats, Cheeses & Eggs, Baked Goods

The Cedaredge Farmers Market will be held each Sunday from August 2nd through October 25th. Each market at Pioneer Town is a new experience with our vendors changing weekly. Whether you are passing through the area or a local citizen the market has so much for everyone to enjoy!

Enter through the main gate at 388 S. Grand Mesa Drive (Hwy65)

For more information: email

or call 970 856-7554

Charlie Baker Arboretum Art Show and Sale      Featuring SCVHS Member Local Artists

             SATURDAY, AUGUST 15th

                10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us at the outdoor art show and sale at the Charles S Baker Memorial Arboretum at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge. The arboretum is nearly 5 acres, providing artists and guests plenty of room for social distancing.

Set up before 10am and breakdown at 4pm

Art in the Arboretum
Pioneer Town Talks
The Last of the
Surface Creek Cowboys

Thursday August 20, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Doug Hamilton has a lot of stories to tell.  

Doug and his father were both born here in the Surface Creek Valley. His great grand father, Alonzo, and his great-great grandfather, Hugh Hamilton, both filed for homesteads for land south of present day Cedaredge in the 1890s.

Doug has been a working rancher, a sheep shearer, a cattleman, a cowboy polo player and a rodeo clown.

        Pioneer Town Talks
Ute History with Roland McCook

The History of the Uncompahgre Ute Tribe in Western Colorado

Roland McCook, Uncompahgre Ute tribal historian, is coming to Cedaredge to share a part of the Ute Nation story. Roland has spent years researching the ties that the Ute people had with Colorado.


Saturday August 22, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


        Pioneer Town Talks
First Settlers:  The Velas

Mary Vela Callahan, grandaughter of James and Meri Vela, will address along with other challenges, mastering a new language and finding enough water to support the farm.James and Meri Vela wasted no time as new immigrants. They arrived in the Surface Creek Valley only six weeks after their ship landed in the US. The Vela Ranch in Eckert was established on April 18, 1893, when James and Meri Vela purchased 40 acres of land from Albert Weir.

Thursday August 27, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Antique & Classic Car Show

Trophies will be awarded for best Antique, Classic, Pickup, Street Rod, and Sports cars, as well as a People's Choice award by attendee ballots.

Because of COVID restrictions we are limiting the number of entries to fifty this year. This will allow plenty of space for everyone to view the cars safely.

Saturday September 26, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM




970 856-7554



388 S. Grand Mesa Dr.

Cedaredge, CO  81413


Mail: PO Box 906

Cedaredge, CO  81413


Open Seasonally

Memorial Weekend

through the

First weekend of October

Thu-Fri-Sat  10AM - 4PM


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 Surface Creek Valley Historical Society