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Tread of Pioneers Museum

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Runningonadream wrote a review Today
Colorado Springs, Colorado212 contributions60 helpful votes
This is a very nice museum that does a nice job of highlighting the settling of the Yampa Valley and the town of Steamboat Springs, plus the great winter sports athletes that have lived and trained here. But.... There is one easel of information about the small native American tribe that used the valley before whites arrived, along with a map that shows the three current Ute reservations. No info about when/how/why they were moved, how many were killed along the way, or whether and of their descendents survive today. They briefly highlight trapper-turned-explorer Kit Carson, but fail to point out that he stopped trapping because they had totally decimated the beaver population (which has destroyed the riparian ecosystems of the American West almost as much as herding/ranching) not his later role in the genocide of Native Americans in New Mexico and Arizona. The brief mention of the battles between sheepherders and cattle ranchers leading the the Taylor Grazing Act is almost comical. The ranchers destroyed tens of thousands of sheep, as well as killing numerous shepherds. Then used their money and political clout to enable more and more subsidized grazing rights on federal land. I know this area is proud of its ranching history and current ranchers, but lets not let a history museum gloss over the anti-immigrant (Greeks and Basques) feelings back then, nor the roots of today's welfare ranching policies. There is a beautiful Edward Curtis photograph upstairs, with a brief write-up of his decades-long effort to document the vanishing tribes. But no information about the photo; I don't recall a date nor any info on the small tribe the subject was from. I realize that every town wants to put themselves in a positive light. But it I can spot these glaring issues, imagine what a trained historian could add. You can't learn from history if you don't actually learn all the history.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Gail F wrote a review Sep 2020
Elmwood Park, Illinois3 contributions1 helpful vote
Visited today. Staff was very friendly and helpful - first day of opening since coronavirus shutdown. Impressive displays of town history both historical and natural, providing information about the Ute Indians, the hot springs as well as ranching, mining and skiing. Definitely worth a visit!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carol12902 wrote a review Feb 2020
Golden, Colorado66 contributions7 helpful votes
It was a wonderful experience to spend several hours at this museum. It does a great job of presenting the historical development of Steamboat Springs.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from topmuseum, Manager at Tread of Pioneers Museum
Responded Feb 25, 2020
Thank you so much for your five star review! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon!
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spokanephil wrote a review Feb 2020
26 contributions14 helpful votes
The Tread of Pioneers Museum is conveniently located just off downtown in a former residence. Being somewhat a history buff, we spent two hours looking at all the exhibits and reading the interesting history of the settlement of the area as well as it's later development as a ski destination. Very well done, and worth the modest entry fee.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Camper208713 wrote a review Jan 2020
Steamboat Springs, Colorado15 contributions
our director has a passion for history, displays turn over, kids love it, history comes awake.a must see.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from topmuseum, Manager at Tread of Pioneers Museum
Responded Jan 27, 2020
Thank you so much for your five star review. We agree with all of your comments! Come back for ever changing exhibits, tours, programs and events!
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