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The Salida Museum plans to open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 7. The museum is located at 406 1/2 W Rainbow Blvd, Salida, CO 81201 and will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Kids seven and under are free. Those who are 18 and over cost five dollars, seniors are three dollars and kids over seven are one dollar.

Face masks will be required, and they will be following the Chaffee County Health requirements for businesses.  Museum staff are excited to interact with visitors again and share their mutual knowledge of the history of Salida.  No appointment is necessary to visit on the days when they are open, but you can make an appointment for a visit on any other day except Monday.

In 1953, the Koppers Company of Pittsburgh donated a Porter Engine to the Salida Museum following the closure of its railroad tie-treating, creosote plant in Smeltertown near Salida. Built in 1926, the engine moved trams loaded with railroad ties to and from the treating shed. It is a two-foot gauge engine, with saddle tank and 0-4-0 wheel arrangement. This “dinky” was also known as the “Yard Goat” by local workers. Photo by Merrell Bergin

President of the Museum, Bob Campbell said “It’s great as our community pushes to normal that the Salida Museum will be offering visits again. I would like to thank all the volunteers for their more than a year of brilliant service. Volunteers of note: Larry Kovacic and Earle Kittleman. Thank you, guys and all the volunteers.”

He added, “new artifacts will be on display. Starting on May 7, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. that Friday and the same Saturday and Sunday.”

The Salida Museum has a collection of curated local historical artifacts to help visitors explore the history of the area.  The museum collection was first displayed in 1954 and has continued to grow and improve since then.

The Salida Museum preserves, safeguards and displays significant artifacts of the region so the community and visitors will better understand and appreciate the area’s rich history through exhibits, storytelling and research services.

Their Mission is carried out through stewardship of the museum and area heritage sites including the Maysville School and Salida Smelter Smokestack.