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Tales from the Tread Column

“Tales from the Tread” columns appear in the Steamboat Today the first and third Wednesday of each month. The columns are written by the museum’s Executive Director, Candice Bannister, or a guest author, and feature people, places, and events in Routt County history as well as museum programs and events. Click on the titles below to read the full length articles on the newspaper's website.

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Remembering Ernie Graham
February 19, 2021

What began as a tribute highlighting black citizens in Routt County history for Black History Month on the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s social media last week, quickly turned into a wide-spread outpouring of respect and admiration for a beloved man who embodied the spirit of community and generosity in Steamboat Springs.

Local students dream of Winter Carnival
February 4, 2021

This year’s Winter Carnival will certainly look different without the famed Street Events and Night Extravaganza. However, the centerpiece of this 108-year tradition is the joy of children as they experience a myriad of snow events celebrating winter.

Celebrating the springs of Steamboat
January 21, 2021

Visiting nine of Steamboat Springs’ most iconic mineral springs is more refreshing through a series of new interpretive displays thanks to a unique local partnership. New designs and signage share a pool of information when exploring the downtown mineral springs.

Olympic heritage celebrated
January 7, 2021

Steamboat’s Olympic legacy is second to none. With more Olympic athletes from Steamboat Springs than any other town in the nation, you begin to wonder if athletic excellence is in the town’s water.

Olympic heritage celebrated
January 7, 2021

Steamboat’s Olympic legacy is second to none. With more Olympic athletes from Steamboat Springs than any other town in the nation, you begin to wonder if athletic excellence is in the town’s water.

New Iconic Steamboat tour offered
December 16, 2020

Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Steamboat Creates for a new, free guided walking tour of Steamboat’s most iconic historic and cultural sites in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Winter Film Series returns
November 17, 2020

Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns for another season. Films will screen at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, December through March.

Museum recognizes outstanding residents
November 11, 2020

Every year the Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee associated with the Tread of Pioneers Museum presents two awards that honor persons who have enriched the quality of life in Routt County.

Hearing Howelsen history
October 20, 2020

The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s latest community project brings the sounds of history to the base of historic Howelsen Hill through a new audio tour post that shares the unmatched history of the century-old ski area, Steamboat Springs’ Olympic heritage and the legacy of Norwegian ski jumper Carl Howelsen.

History Happy Hours continue
October 5, 2020

The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s History Happy Hours, our popular storytelling series featuring the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County and Western History, will take place virtually/online for the 2020-21 season. We will present talks from the past four years, as well as a new, live Zoom event Dec. 1.

Creating community connections
September 1, 2020

The Steamboat Springs Town Co. collection, one-of-a-kind primary resource materials that document the establishment of the town in 1884, was housed in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Archives for more than 40 years. The historic records were recently gifted to the Tread of Pioneers Museum, where they will now be preserved and made accessible to the public.

Creating community connections
August 18, 2020

As our country and our world continue to grapple with issues of race and inequality, the world’s museums are joining together to speak out and stand up for social justice. During these turbulent times, museums can guide communities toward insight, truth and justice through an understanding of our past.

‘Lens to the Landscape’ exhibit opens Friday
August 6, 2020

In these different and difficult times, perhaps a new viewpoint could give us perspective and gratitude for this amazing place and a renewed appreciation for our Western heritage. “Lens to the Landscape: The Photography of John Lanterman,” an exhibit featuring Lanterman’s beautiful black and white photography, will open at the Tread of Pioneers Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 for First Friday Artwalk.

Creating community connections
July 18, 2020

As our country and our world continue to grapple with issues of race and inequality, the world’s museums are joining together to speak out and stand up for social justice. During these turbulent times, museums can guide communities toward insight, truth and justice through an understanding of our past.

Summer events heating up
July 14, 2020

As summer heats up and so many favorite events are canceled due to the pandemic, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is here to bring you safe in-person and virtual events, tours, programs and history this summer.

Though we can’t wait to safely welcome you back into our museum exhibits and at all of our in-person events, our tours and events are sure to keep you and your family busy. All tours and events include COVID-19 safety precautions and most are free.

Picking strawberries in Strawberry Park
July 1, 2020

The strawberry boom of Steamboat Springs, occurred from 1900 to 1915 in an area north of town that was eventually called Strawberry Park. Here, a Kansas farmer, L.R. Remington, produced an unusually large berry that could also sustain the cool climate and survive the journey in unrefrigerated rail cars to Denver and beyond. Local farmers jumped at the opportunity to produce strawberries, and land prices in Strawberry Park soared from $150 to $1,500 per acre.

The magic of Mineral Springs
June 16, 2020

On June 24, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will open its newest exhibit, “The Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Sparkling Soda, and Mysterious Caves.” Though this year’s opening will be virtual, due to COVID-19 precautions, the museum and its heritage partners will provide a variety of ways for you to experience the magic of the mineral springs in person.

Experience local history
May 20, 2020

As social distancing becomes the new normal in our pandemic lives, museums and other cultural institutions have risen to the challenge to pivot and rethink previous models of engaging the public in local history. As we have temporarily moved away from close contact and in-person visits, we have gained and lost some opportunities. Though most of us have grown weary of so many Zoom meetings, online school and socializing virtually, the shift online has allowed the Tread of Pioneers Museum to curate thousands of hours of local history content, and provide it to audiences all over the world.

This Place Matters
May 5, 2020

May is Historic Preservation Month. To celebrate, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and our local heritage partners will join the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national campaign, “This Place Matters,” that encourages people to share the places that are meaningful to them and their communities.

Museum hosts virtual book club for students
April, 14 2020

Tread of Pioneers Museum staff members continue to serve the community and its rich heritage while the museum’s door are closed, and all in-person events are canceled or postponed during the pandemic.

Valley View Lodge
March, 31 2020

For over 83 years, the Valley View Lodge property below the West Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass has been home to a variety of businesses including a lodge, farm-to-table restaurant, private prep school, tennis center and condominium complex.

Celebrate Ag Appreciation Week
March, 24 2020

Next week is Agriculture Appreciation Week, and to celebrate, the Tread of Pioneers Museum partners annually with the Community Agriculture Alliance and Bud Werner Memorial Library to host events for all to learn more about our local agricultural heritage. Unfortunately, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our organizations have made the difficult decision to cancel these events. However, you can continue to look forward to the events in future years, and we hope to reschedule some of them in soon.

Snowshoe through women’s history
March, 3 2020

To know women’s history is to understand the American experience. Although often underrepresented in recorded histories, women helped build our nation and Routt County, and women continue to shape our future.

Columbine Lodge
February 18, 2020

Traveling over remote Rabbit Ears Pass today, without a gas station, motel or services for over 50 miles, it’s hard to imagine the popular Columbine Lodge, located on the east summit of the pass, served travelers for over half a decade. The lodge was the only stopping point between Walden and Steamboat Springs, 62 miles apart, and between Kremmling and Steamboat, 57 miles apart.

Exploring our heritage through food
January 14, 2019

Take a culinary journey through the past with the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the tasty, three-part series, “A Taste of History,” and savor the history and family traditions that are held in family recipes and cooking methods from Routt County.

Raucous Routt County
December 17, 2019

In a gully across the bridge and nestled away from downtown Steamboat Springs is a neighborhood known as Brooklyn that was once a hotbed of vice and the location of the red-light district with all its accompanying charms. Many towns had districts, and Brooklyn sprang up most likely as a result of Steamboat Springs being a dry town. The shortage of woman may have also contributed to the need.

Winter Film Series returns
December 3, 2019

Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns to the historic Chief Theater at 6 p.m. on select Tuesdays from December through March. All are invited to come out of the cold and into the warm and cozy Chief Theater to see all the fascinating films we have in store for you.


Museum hosts 25th annual Festival of Trees
November 19, 2019

Need to rest your legs from a long day of skiing and riding? Look no further than the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s 25th annual Festival of Trees. This locals’ favorite holiday tradition transforms the museum into a sparkling forest of beautiful holiday trees and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 to 25 daily. The event and the museum are always free for all Routt County residents.

End of an era
November 5, 2019

Eight decades after the start of World War II, most people old enough to remember that time as an adult have passed, and the world that war created is rapidly disappearing before our eyes.

Milk Creek Battlefield Park dedication
October 17, 2019

On Sept. 28, the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, in collaboration with the Ute Tribes of Colorado and Utah, hosted the 140th anniversary commemoration of the 1879 Battle at Milk Creek at the Milk Creek Battlefield Park outside of Meeker.

Museum’s History Happy Hour returns
September 30, 2019

Legends, lore, mysteries, debauchery, conflicts, wars, crimes, lawlessness. The wayward ways of the Wild West is the focus of the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s popular event series, History Happy Hours.

Mad Creek History, Part 2
September 17, 2019

On Aug. 7, my Tales from the Tread column featured Part 1 of Mad Creek area history. I told the story of Donna Heintze Davis coming to the museum in summer 2018, with various artifacts, photos and history pertaining to the area, including the Mad Creek Guest Ranch brochure.

Remembering the Pritchett Ranch
September 3, 2019

In all of my time in Steamboat Springs, few areas have fascinated me more than Mad Creek. The Mad Creek barn, the collapsed cabins on the creek, the views and the raging creek … no matter how many times I hike or bike in the area, I am struck by an unending love and curiosity.

Mad Creek history discovered, Part 1
August 6, 2019

In all of my time in Steamboat Springs, few areas have fascinated me more than Mad Creek. The Mad Creek barn, the collapsed cabins on the creek, the views and the raging creek … no matter how many times I hike or bike in the area, I am struck by an unending love and curiosity.

The magic of mineral springs
July 16, 2019

The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series is underway, and to kick off the summer on July 5, local author and historian, Dagny McKinley, presented the “Springs of Steamboat.” McKinley is the author of a book by the same title and has a wealth of knowledge of local history and the wonders of the local mineral springs.

Brown Bag Storytelling Series returns
July 2, 2019

The Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series at the Tread of Pioneers Museum combines the best of what makes Routt County so special — our valley’s rich history and fascinating stories told by the intriguing locals who lived them. The summer storytelling series, now in its 22nd year, has become a locals’ favorite summer event.

Tour the historic Brown Ranch in Clark
June 18, 2019

In fall 1915, Margaret Duncan Brown, my great-great-aunt, and her husband, Thornton “Dick,” came up to Routt County from their home in Cripple Creek to look for a small ranch to purchase. In their mid-30s, my Aunt Madge and Uncle Dick sought a more relaxed and down-to-earth lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the mining world where Uncle Dick was an assayer for a bank.

‘This Place Matters’
June 4, 2019

The Tread of Pioneers Museum, Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission, Historic Routt County and Main Street Steamboat Springs celebrated Historic Preservation month throughout May by joining the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national campaign, “This Place Matters.”

Ute Indian event returns
May 15, 2019

On Thursday, May 16, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will once again proudly host the Ute Indian Powwow Dance Performance and History Presentation. The Nah-Na-Mah Culture Club of the Uintah River High School from Fort Duchesne, Utah, will perform powwow dances and music and share the history and meaning of their dances and regalia in four presentations.

The power of heritage and place
April 30, 2019

May is Preservation Month. Established in 1973, this national event helps promote historic places for the purpose of instilling community pride, promoting heritage tourism and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.

Living off the land in Routt County
April 16, 2019

On March 29, the Tread of Pioneers Museum partnered with the Community Agriculture Alliance for Agriculture Appreciation Week to feature tasty dishes and fascinating speakers for the museum’s “Taste of History” food series.

There’s 4 seasons of ranching in Routt County
March 19, 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — This week, we celebrate Agriculture Appreciation Week. Most cattle operations in Routt County are cow-calf operations, which means the cow herd is maintained year-round, and a calf crop is sold in the fall. But, there is so much more to it. Let's look at the yearly cycle.

Women of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School
March 5, 2019

In a time when women's roles and adventures were usually quite limited, two Smith College graduates broke the mold and set out from the East Coast on the journey of a lifetime to start a summer dance camp in the Rocky Mountains. Their vision was to join their love of the outdoors with their passion for dance and creativity. To that end, in 1915, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp began in the woods of Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs.

Modern day Annie Oakley
February 21, 2019

As we move toward March, Women's History Month, we pay tribute to the women of Routt County who carved their own paths and made history in a time and place that made it extremely difficult — and at times impossible. We honor the school teachers and superintendents like Emma Peck, who gave a lifelong commitment to the education and betterment of our children. We remember the leaders in arts and culture like Charlotte Perry, Portia Mansfield, Eleanor Bliss and more. We celebrate the brave and the bold Ida Younger.

Discover history of skiing in Colorado
February 5, 2019

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club are partnering to host “The History of Skiing in Colorado” with esteemed professor of history, Duane Vandenbusche, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Parkway.

Taste the history of Routt County
January 15, 2019

Take a culinary journey through the past with the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the tasty three-part series, "A Taste of History." We invite you to savor the history and family traditions that are held in family recipes and cooking methods from Routt County. Recipes are an integral part of our heritage as they demonstrate a historical perspective of home life, local agriculture, wildlife and plants, as well as family ties and connections between generations.

Local P.O.W. airman story discovered
January 1, 2019

Sifting through 130-years' worth of Steamboat Springs history in the recently acquired Steamboat Pilot photo and newspaper archive, the Tread of Pioneers Museum uncovered a war story fit for a movie blockbuster. It is the story of U.S. Airman and Steamboat native, Robert Frost Waggoner.

’Human Imprint’ opens at the museum
December 18, 2018

Mother-of-pearl buttons, a shard of fine, hand-painted china, a small delicate sole of a shoe. These were the unlikely items found in abandoned mining sites which indicate the presence of women. Images of the artifacts are featured as part of the "Human Imprint" exhibition that opens this week at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Tips to keep your holiday treasures safe
December 3, 2018

Treasured holiday heirlooms help us celebrate the season and are precious pieces that tell the story of our families. Before or after the holidays is a good time to take a look at how your treasures are displayed or stored.

Olympian Tribute up at Steamboat Resort
November 20, 2018

Everyone knows Steamboat Resort opens this week. But what you might not know is that, while you are up there skiing, you can learn more about Steamboat's unmatched Olympic heritage at the Olympian Tribute display on the second floor of Thunderhead Lodge.

Tread of Pioneers transforms into forest of holiday tidings with Festival of Trees
November 16, 2018

The trees were decorated by 25 local organizations, artists, clubs and businesses, including Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Young Bloods Collective, Elevation Dance Studio, Steamboat Art Museum, Moxie Home Consign and Design, Emerald Mountain School, Holy Name Preschool, LiftUp of Routt County, Yampatika, local Girl Scout troops, the Ladies Recreation Club and more.

24th annual Festival of Trees
November 6, 2018

Leaves are falling, winter is coming and that means it's time for the Tread of Pioneers Museum's 24th Annual Festival of Trees. This locals' favorite holiday tradition transforms the museum into a sparkling forest of beautiful holiday trees and runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 to 26 except Thanksgiving Day.

24th annual Festival of Trees
November 6, 2018

Leaves are falling, winter is coming and that means it's time for the Tread of Pioneers Museum's 24th Annual Festival of Trees. This locals' favorite holiday tradition transforms the museum into a sparkling forest of beautiful holiday trees and runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 to 26 except Thanksgiving Day.

Museum opens World War I Exhibit
October 16, 2018

One hundred years ago, the war to end all wars concluded and shortly after, the national American Legion and local Post in Steamboat Springs was formed. In its newest exhibit, the Tread of Pioneers Museum honors the individuals from Routt County who served our country in World War I and highlights local American Legion history.

Museum’s History Happy Hours return
October 1, 2018

What can be better than craft beer? The perfect pairing of craft beer and fascinating local history. Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, October through April, at the Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2875 Elk River Road, for the popular event series History Happy Hours. The events take the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history to the community via beloved happy hour.

Museum receives Steamboat Pilot photo collection
September 18, 2018

A vital part of Steamboat Springs' history has been saved through the efforts of the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Steamboat Pilot & Today. The museum is proud to announce that it has received the entire historic photograph collection of The Steamboat Pilot newspaper — Steamboat Springs' longest running newspaper and oldest local business, since 1885.

Arnold Barn is on the move
August 15, 2018

After three years of tireless effort, the historic Arnold Barn — standing next to the Meadows Parking Lot — will be moved to its new home at the intersection of Mount Werner Road and Mount Werner Circle this fall. The community partnerships, collaboration and grassroots efforts to set this project in motion cannot be understated.

‘Human Imprint’ on display
July 31, 2018

Steamboat Springs' premier historian, Jim Stanko, has served on the local cemetery board for 23 years. He jokes, "there's only one way off the cemetery board."


Cemetery stories
July 17, 2018

Steamboat Springs' premier historian, Jim Stanko, has served on the local cemetery board for 23 years. He jokes, "there's only one way off the cemetery board."


Steamboat’s 1st Fourth of July
July 03, 2018

The first Fourth of July celebration in Steamboat Springs took place in 1876, 100 years after America declared independence. Colorado was not yet a state, and only a few permanent settlers lived in or near Steamboat. The town's first settlers, the Crawford family, had probably enjoyed large festivities while living in Missouri, but in 1876, they gathered their few neighbors and the nearby Ute Native Americans to observe the holiday with a simple celebration.

Summer events sizzle
June 05, 2018

Summer is heating up at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Whether you are new to town or a longtime local, you are sure to deepen your love of Steamboat Springs by digging deeper into the rich history of the area. Tread of Pioneers Museum's events and programs are just the ticket. Still need another reason to go? All programs are free of charge, except the Parade of Homes fundraiser.

Once upon a town
June 19, 2018

We invite you to discover the people and events that shaped Routt County’s once wild western frontier outposts into today’s beloved Rocky Mountain destinations in the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s newest exhibit, “Once Upon a Town: The Building of Routt County’s Communities.” The new exhibit opens to the public Thursday, June 21 and will remain on display through May 2019.

An artist’s view
May 17, 2018

Honoring the deep connection between art and heritage in the Yampa Valley, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is proud to host seven local artists who, through their artwork, pay tribute to the Yampa Valley and its remarkable history.

Ute Indian event returns
May 01, 2018

On May 3, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will proudly host the Ute Indian/Steamboat Springs Cultural Exchange Event. The Youth Leadership Coalition of the Ute Indian Tribe of Fort Duchesne, Utah, will perform powwow dances and music and share the history and meaning of their dances and regalia in four presentations — two for the public at 5 and 6 p.m. May 3 at the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium and two for Strawberry Park Elementary students on May 4. All of the presentations are free to the public and students, courtesy of the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Ute Indian Tribe.

1898 camping trip
April 17, 2018

t never ceases to amaze me the historical treasures that come through the doors of the Tread of Pioneers Museum on nearly a daily basis. Just this month, a document was given to the museum titled "John Warren Richardson's 'Camping in the Colorado Rockies (1898).'"

Museum honors locals for Women’s History Month
April 3, 2018

Covered wagons making their way across America's heartland is a recognizable image in our history. With each "white canvas caravan," the tale of settling America's western frontier unfolded, nurtured by the 1862 Homestead Act which allowed any American to put in a claim for up to 160 free acres of federal land.

Museum honors locals for Women’s History Month
March 20, 2018

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, the Tread of Pioneers Museum has hosted an array of programs and events over the years to honor the local women who shaped the history of Routt County.

Routt County robbery in drag
March 06, 2018

At noon on Friday, Jan. 3, 1931, a lone figure in a long skirt and veil walked into the Bank of Steamboat Springs. When the door opened, and a woman apparently entered, the assistant cashier Miss Frankie Burgess stepped forward expecting to wait on a customer.

1918 flu epidemic
February 21, 2018

We usually think of the flu as a fairly mild illness. It strikes every winter, and while it's certainly not fun to catch, most people recover in a week or so. The average death rate of seasonal flu is one tenth of one percent of those who catch it.

To Marjorie Perry, from Carl Howelse
February 06, 2018

Marjorie Perry was the sister of Charlotte Perry, co-founder of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Among her many contributions to the culture and fabric of Steamboat Springs, Marjorie Perry is credited for being the one to invite Norwegian stone mason and ski jumping extraordinaire, Carl Howelsen, to Steamboat Springs in 1914 after she saw him jumping at an exhibition in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs celebrates 2018 Olympics
Janaury 17, 2018

Steamboat Springs' Olympic tradition is second to none. Boasting more winter Olympic athletes than any other town in North America, our Olympic heritage runs strong and deep. To honor all of our local Olympians who represent Ski Town USA on the world stage, the Tread of Pioneers Museum creates exhibits and hosts events that celebrate the unmatched Olympic traditions that are the lifeblood of our town. For the upcoming Olympic season, look for these museum events to help you catch the spirit.

Taste the History of Routt County
Janaury 2, 2017

Take a culinary journey through the past with the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the tasty three-part series, "A Taste of History." We invite you to savor the history and family traditions that are held in family recipes and cooking methods from Routt County. Recipes are an integral part of our heritage as they demonstrate a historical perspective of home life, local agriculture, and family ties and connections between generations.

Harbor Hotel brings back memories
December 20, 2017

Every “Throwback Thursday,” I post a photo on the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Facebook page and website of interesting and unique artifacts from the museum’s collection with a brief history of the item. I also post it on the “Routt County Memories” Facebook page so that more than 1,800 history lovers in that group can also see the artifacts and history, make comments and reminisce. It’s a great way to bring the museum exhibits and artifacts out to the community via social media.

Historical winter film series returns
Tuesday December 5, 2017

Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Chief Theater are partnering up to show professionally-produced films and films from the museum's collection in our annual historical film series. Join once per month at 6 p.m. this winter in the warm and cozy historic Chief Theater for this one-of-a-kind local entertainment. Each film is approximately an hour, and all films are free to the public, though donations are welcome.

23rd Annual Festival of Trees
Thursday November 02, 2017

Just as the cooler weather seems to pull everyone indoors, come out for the Tread of Pioneers Museum's 23rd Annual Festival of Trees pre-holiday tradition. The festival runs November 11-20 from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the museum. Yampa Valley Bank and Steamboat Ace Hardware are once again showing their continued dedication to our heritage and the museum by generously underwriting all costs for this fundraising event. With our sponsors' support, the Festival is once again free to all Routt County residents.

Museum receives 50 Werner family films
Thursday October 19, 2017

The Tread of Pioneers Museum recently received more irreplaceable treasures capturing Steamboat Springs' rich history: 50 reels of Werner family home movie footage. The films are both 8-mm and 16-mm format, color and black and white, and film content dates between 1950 and 1963.

Museum’s History Happy Hours returns
Thursday September 21, 2017

Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, October through April, at the Butcherknife Brewing Co. (2875 Elk River Road) for our most popular event series called History Happy Hours. The event takes the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history to the community and into beloved happy hour. To sweeten the deal, each attendee will receive one free craft beer compliments of Butcherknife.

Back To School
Wednesday September 6, 2017

As the kids get back to school and their lives seem to get busier and busier by the year, we can look back to a simpler time in Routt County history when kids had less toys and after-school activities, no screens or video games, more chores and responsibilities, and the rhythm of life seemed to move at a significantly slower pace.

Tour the Crawford House
Tuesday August 22, 2017

Since 1894, the stately stone mansion at 1184 Crawford Ave. has withstood the test of time, proudly perched up on the hill that overlooks downtown Steamboat Springs. It stands as a testament of the strength and fortitude of the founders of the town Steamboat Springs, the Crawford family

Remembering Elaine Gay
Tuesday July 18, 2017

The beloved late rancher, Elaine Gay (1918-2015), was known for many things: conservationist, rancher, historian, community leader, local activist, club member, mother, wife and more. She was known widely as the kindest of women, who personified grace and goodness and left her magnificent mark forever on this valley.

Brown Bag series celebrates 20 years
June 20, 2017

Steamboat’s Western heritage and friendly people are often cited as some of the best characteristics of our town. The Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series at the Tread of Pioneers Museum combines the best of both — our valley’s rich history and fascinating stories told by the intriguing locals who lived them.

Pioneer Picnic returns to Steamboat
Thursday June 6, 2017

The 113th annual county-wide Pioneer Picnic will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Steamboat Mountain School, formerly Lowell Whiteman School, located at 42605 Routt County Road 36. The Tread of Pioneers Museum will host this year's event. Guests are invited to bring a favorite side dish or appetizer to share for the potluck lunch. The main dish, desserts and drinks will be provided.

Cultural exchange returns to Steamboat
Tuesday May 9, 2017

The Ute Indians, who call themselves "Nuche," meaning "the people," are Colorado's oldest documented inhabitants. Written historical records indicate specific Ute presence in the Yampa Valley since the late 1500s, though linguistic evidence indicates the 1300s.

Exhibit celebrates 50 years
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Tread of Pioneers Museum has spearheaded an exhibit partnership to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of two of Steamboat Springs’ finest institutions: Colorado Mountain College and Bud Werner Memorial Library. The exhibit, “A Legacy of Learning” provides a historical perspective of these institutions, from their founding to the thriving programs and services they provide the community today.

Infamous hired killer: Tom Horn
March 2, 2017

Hear more about Tom Horn and his notorious career as the hired gun of the Old West at the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s History Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Butcherknife Brewery. The featured speaker will be Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig and a revered expert on Tom Horn.

Taste of Routt County history
Monday, February 13, 2017

“If you could make a good pie, you always had someone who was willing to thresh grain for you, brand cattle for you, or help in the hayfield.

Celebrate Winter Carnival
Monday, January 30, 2017

Louisville, my hometown, has the Kentucky Derby. New Orleans, the city of my alma mater, Tulane University, has Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.

Meet David Moffat
January 17, 2017

“A long train comes, rumbling and whistling crossings. The thunder and rattle of it travels far reaches of sagebrush lands, echoes along rising green mountain skirts and drains down the valley, off toward the Gore. This was the sound and setting of David Moffat’s dream. Some say it brought him fulfillment. Some say it was his ruin. Whatever the truth, it was a magnificent gamble.”

From bear hunt to Broadway
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More than 100 years ago, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp moved to the woods of Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs. At 7 p.m. Jan. 10, join the Tread of Pioneers Museum at the Chief Theater to discover the legendary Perry-Mansfield in the original 1979 documentary, “A Divine Madness.”

Pioneer Christmas memories
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mary Crawford King left a written record of the first Christmas gathering in Steamboat Springs in 1877. Those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. James H. Crawford, their children and Mr. and Mrs. S.D.N. Bennett.
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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.