Museums & Historic Cities

Silver Cliff Museum/Old Firehouse – © Wet Mountain Tribune

Our museums share an intertwining story of mining, ranching and the railroad.  Silver was discovered in the Wet Mountain Valley in 1863.  Chronicling the tales of the silver boom town that emerged after silver was found on a sheer cliff adjacent to the Town of Silver Cliff, there is the restored 1879 vintage Silver Cliff Town Hall and Fire House Museum.  Ranchers and farmers arrived in the valley in 1869.  The restored Beckwith Ranch, one of the most photographed spots in Colorado, was one of the largest cattle operations in Colorado and stands as a testament to the era and the valley’s ranching roots.  The One Room School House Museum gives a glimpse of early education on the valley floor when farming and ranching were just getting started. The All Aboard Westcliffe Museum retells the stories of the narrow gauge railroad that came to the valley in 1880 and the standard gauge which came in 1900.Visit the site of the historic ghost town of Rosita abundant with centuries of history.

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