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"Open year-round, the museum is situated a block from an outdoor public-art installation that resembles an underground coal mine. Its timbers, ore trams and rows of stylized, oversized "brass" identification tokens that indicated when a miner began and ended a shift, are nestled between brightly painted downtown shops, businesses and attractions like the Huerfano County Historical Society's Huerfano Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center contains an extensive collection of local newspapers dating to 1890; hundreds of historical photographs; antique appliances; brand books representing another significant regional industry, ranching; and furniture and personal items belonging to rancher and philanthropist Alton M. Tirey. When this lifelong Huerfano County resident died in 2005 at age 99 -- leaving no descendants -- part of his considerable fortune was bequeathed to the historical society to create and maintain a western-heritage facility.

An unrestored brick building behind the Heritage Center was originally a granary owned by the city's namesake, Henrich Anton Frederick "Fred" Walsen. In 1870, this Prussian immigrant and civic leader, who later became Colorado's state treasurer, opened a general store in what was then called La Plaza de los Leones. The plaza was named for an even earlier arrival, Don Miguel Antonio de Leon, who settled in the area in 1859 when it was still part of a Mexican land grant."  - Pueblo Chieftain, Dec 2, 2017

 


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