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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM
Due to COVID-19, masks are still required in the museum and at all events and tours.
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800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Exhibits

The Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Sparkling Soda & Mysterious Caves
Exhibit On Display June 2020 – June 2022
For centuries, the Ute Indian Tribe would soak their bodies and horses in the area’s mineral springs that they believed were healing and sacred. Later, Steamboat Springs’ town founder James Crawford saw great potential in the springs. Crawford built the first bathhouse over the Heart Spring where many weary travelers and settlers enjoyed a warm soak—a unique luxury in the frontier west.
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End of an Era: An exhibit honoring the Routt County men and women who served in World War II
NOW ON DISPLAY!
Eight decades after the start of World War II, most people old enough to remember that time as an adult has passed, and the world that war created is rapidly disappearing before our eyes. And yet, World War II involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939–1945. Although the U.S. entered WW II last, most historians agree that WW II was won as surely on the American home front as it was on the battlefield.
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Inspiration – Four Seasons at Perry-Mansfield
Exhibit On Display August 6, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022
First Friday First Friday Artwalk Event - 10/01/2021 - 5-8pm
“Inspiration – Four Seasons at Perry-Mansfield” is a collaborative exhibit showcasing the artwork of Chula Beauregard and the history of the renowned, century-old performing arts camp in Steamboat Springs.
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Foundations of Steamboat: The Luekens Family
Exhibit On Display October 2021 – October 2022
The Foundations of Steamboat exhibit honors families who have made a significant contribution to Northwest Colorado. For over 50 years, the Luekens family served the Steamboat Springs community as civic leaders, charter members, and volunteers. After his arrival to the valley in 1913, Claude Luekens was a force of progress and leadership through service in local government, town development and improvements, and business. “He considered it his job to make sure Steamboat was put on the map,” Claude’s son, Claude Luekens Jr. once said.
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Howelsen Hill Audio Tour Answers History’s Call
Tread of Pioneers Museum & City Team Up on History Audio Exhibit

The sounds of history will echo through the base of historic Howelsen Hill through a new audio tour post that shares the unmatched history of the 105-year-old ski area, Steamboat Springs’ Olympic heritage and the legacy of Norwegian Carl Howelsen.

Six unique stories share the history, character and spirit of this special location. Hear from Steamboat Springs’ first Olympian John Steele (1932) and six-time winter Olympian Todd Lodwick, as well as stories about Carl Howelsen, Howelsen Hill, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Winter Carnival and the sports of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.

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Olympian Tribute Display
Permanent Exhibit
Honoring all our local Olympians who represent Ski Town USA ® on the world stage. Located on the second floor of Thunderhead Lodge (upper gondola building) at the Steamobat Ski Area.
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Edward S. Curtis Exhibit
Permanent Display
It’s such a big dream, I can’t see it all. - Edward S. Curtis was a driven, charismatic, pioneer artist and photographer who set out at the turn of the last century to document traditional American Indian life before it disappeared. He rose from obscurity to become the most famous photographer of his time. Curtis abandoned his career as a successful portrait photographer and spent 30 years creating an astonishing body of work capturing Native American culture: 10,000 audio recordings, 20 volumes of text, a full length motion picture, and 40,000 photographs.
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Pioneer Kids Bedroom Hands-On Discovery Exhibit
Permanent Exhibit
The Tread of Pioneers Museum has created a dedicated kid-friendly exhibit that represents a typical child’s bedroom in Steamboat Springs around 1900. Special exhibit features includes pioneer clothes to try on and historic and replica toys from the turn of the 19th century ready for touching and experimentation including books, blocks, china dolls, teddy bears, porcelain tea sets, stereoscope, and more—all ready for play and interaction. Framed portraits on the wall feature local families and children from the early 1900s.
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Steamboat Springs: The Land, The People, The Town
Permanent Display
Discover the inspiring landscapes, indigenous Utes, hardy settlers, and rugged ranchers who made this valley home. Learn about town founders and how the town of Steamboat Springs developed in this introductory exhibit. Don’t miss our “Hands On Fun!” elements throughout the exhibit.
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Ski Town Exhibit
Permanent Exhibit
SOAR into the the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs in our new exhibit! "Ski Town USA" traces the evolution of skiing in our town from essential winter-time transportation to the wolrd reknown recreational sport of today. See the predecessor of the today's snowboard, a chair from the chairlift that once went to the top of Emerald Mountain, and memorabilia from Steamboat's Olympic athletes.
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.