Managed by the Hinsdale County Historical Society, the first museum opened in 1975 and is now housed in the historic Finley Block Building. Rotating displays and artifacts are located throughout the museum, in a number of buildings. Photography from the 1870’s-1910’s is featured.
- Pioneer medicine – medial instruments, medicines
- Vintage firearms – late 19th century firearms used in town
- Trapper and prospectors tent – model of early pioneer life
- Alferd Packer doll house – built by the “cannibal” during his jail time
- Denver & Rio Grande Railroad caboose – narrow gauge train that ran from Sapinero, now flooded, to Lake City
- Rise & fall of Lake City’s Corner Saloon – artifacts from an early bar
- Communications, Lake City style – early 1880’s musical concerts
- Helen’s Garden – flowers and vegetables from an 1890’s garden.
- Barlow and Sanderson stage route
- Cemetery guided tour
- Historic District guided tour
- Ghost tours
- Interior historic homes tour
- Interior modern homes tour
There is also a lecture series held through the summer. While in town, drive down CO-149 south a few miles to the Alferd Packer Massacre Site. It’s a simple gravesite marking the victims and telling some of its history.
Address: 130 North Silver St, Lake City, CO 81235
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day
- Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
- Sunday 1pm-4:30pm