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Discover Limon’s Heritage Museum

Vivian Lowe
Limon, Colo.

The volunteers who have put their hearts into the development of an unusual small town Museum in Limon are ready for company. Turn off East 1-70 exit 359 or 361, or follow any of the five highways that lead to this hub city of the plains. Head for the downtown’s only stop light and travel two blocks south around the new Town Hall to another time.

Before you is the Limon Heritage Museum Complex ” a treat for folks of all ages with an interest in history, ranching, farming and pioneer adventure. Celebrating their 15th year of operation the museum is open free through Labor Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Each year the Museum attracts visitors from 50 states and 15 foreign countries.

Located in a Museum and Railroad Park focusing on the 1910 Union Pacific/Rock Island Depot the Complex includes five railroad cars among them a 1914 Lunch Counter Diner, a pioneer schoolhouse, a Boxcar of western saddles and seven vintage windmills. Also included in the Complex is a large collection of antique farm equipment, a Prairie Monument honoring early ranching families, a Memorial Sculpture Garden, Pioneer Arbor and lovely Museum grounds with children’s playground and picnic area.

You will especially enjoy a visit to the stunning interior of the Museum’s Exhibit Building with professionally designed displays depicting the unique history of the Colorado plains.

The 2006 season features five new displays and additions to several favorite permanent exhibits. These will be highlighted during the 15th Annual Limon Heritage Celebration, Quilt Show, and Lost Arts and Antique Machinery Show on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Showcasing the Exhibit Building displays is a moving exhibit, “A History of Faithfulness” which has brought together more than 20 people who contacted and worked with a great many individuals to tell the story of pioneer churches in Lincoln County with rare photos and objects of the past. Another unique exhibit is one created by Limon Fourth Grade students, “Celebrating the Legacy of the Plains” which includes photos and interviews of area pioneers.

In the Depot a display, “Vintage Linens and Needlework” spotlights the beauty of early homesteaders’ handwork and the dramatic “Limon Tornado 1990,” shares the weather event that took much of Limon’s history and resulted in the formation of the Limon Museum. Another display, “Depot Memories” looks ahead to the Depot’s 100th birthday in 2010.

There is something for all ages to enjoy. A warm welcome is extended to everyone. Stop and explore this small town treasure on the Colorado eastern plains.

For more information please contact the Limon Heritage Museum at (719) 775-8605.


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