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About the Creede Historic Museum


The Creede Historic Museum had its beginnings in the 1940s in a shed near the home of Chuck and Toni Davlin.  It was later moved to the Elk's Building, which soon became overcrowded.  When the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad offered the depot building to Mineral County, the Museum Association asked the county for the building to house the museum.  In 1965, the depot became the home of the museum.

Museum exhibits feature Creede's first hand-drawn fire wagon, a horse-drawn hearse, many early pioneer utensils, gambling devices , numberous historical photographs, early newspapers and other memorabilia of Creede's past.

Thanks to the Davlins, the Museum Association, the Creede Historical Society and many, many volunteers over the years, much of Creede's history has been preserved for the several thousand visitors who enjoy browsing through the memorabilia that gives insight into the lives of homesteaders, prospectors, miners, townspeople and entrepreneurs who have helped shape Creede and Mineral County.

The museum includes a small store where one can buy several books of the Creede area, two local history videos, historical photo postcards, notecards with drawings of historical locations, matted pictures of the notecards, and other items.

Located close to and just south of the Museum is the Creede Historical Society's research library.  The library is open year around on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am until 2pm.  Sandy Howard is the Library Director.

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