Huerfano County Historical Society

Walsenburg, Colorado

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Year Book 2015


At the first meeting of the year, Francisco Fort Museum personnel presented a video highlighting the museum’s updated gun and projectile point collections plus the previous summer’s varied activities.

February & March

HCHS worked to obtain 2015 membership renewals.

April & May

Activities in Pueblo, Trinidad and La Veta commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Drop City.

Walsenburg Mining Museum set up exhibits to highlight “Saturday in the Coal Camps.”


Bruce Johnson led a tour to Indian Cave near Cuchara, and a portion of the proceeds was donated to HCHS.

Quilt Celebration and Hispanic Heritage Day activities at Francisco Fort Museum provided hands-on activities for all ages.


Francisco Fort Museum held a Native American Celebration hosting Northern Pueblo Dancers, Pueblo artists, and Comanche performer, Tim Nevaquaya.

Francisco Fort Day featured “Celebration of the Cowboy.”


HCHS offered an Upper Huerfano Historical Tour in conjunction with the Gardner Chuckwagon Dinner. The topic this year was “Huerfano County’s Counterculture Communes of the 1960s.”

Francisco Fort Museum sponsored a Fiber Fiesta in conjunction with the La Veta Art and Garden Tour.

The Alton M. Tirey Local History Center opened its doors to alumni who visited Washington School during the Walsenburg All-School All-Class Reunion. Those who attended remarked favorably on the Center’s extensive collection of local newspapers and archived county records.


Carolyn Newman attended the Three Trails Conference in Santa Fe to learn more about the Santa Fe Trail, the Camino Real, and the Old Spanish Trail. Some of what she learned about their influences on southern Colorado she shared with HCHS Board Members.


The Historical Society held its Annual Meeting at the Spanish Peaks Regional Library in Walsenburg. Featured speaker Lois Adams presented a multi-media program on Ute Indian Prayer Trees.

Wednesday 8 October -

HCHS Annual meeting is held in Walsenburg.

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David Steffan agreed to lead the August 6, 2016 Historical Tour which will commemorate the 140th Anniversary of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad coming to Huerfano County.

Wednesday 4 November -

Final Board Meeting of the Year Held in La Veta.



A special meeting was held to discuss the possibility of obtaining the West Sixth San Isabel Electric Association’s Appliance Building as a new home for the Alton M. Tirey Local History Center due to the serious roof leaks experienced in the Washington School and which compromised HCHS archived materials.