I was visiting a friend who landed in Lamar, Colorado for work. There's an Amtrak stop in Lamar so I made it a point to stop and visit him. The town is smallish, and it was my first visit to anything in Colorado. The fact that they have and support a local museum is fabulous, and I stopped in one day to be delightfully greeted by a curator who informed me that I was her one visitor for the day. She said they average maybe 1 per day during the winter. She was very talkative and very informative about the museum's contents. She spoke enthusiastically and knowledgably about the local history: the good, the bad and the ugly - all with the requisite neutrality of a researcher and the big pulsing heart of a true believer. I have no doubt she was a volunteer, as most of the museums contents were fairly recently acquired and it's not like they have some huge endowment to draw from. I any case, I absolutely loved walking among the artifacts ... some as simple as an ashtray to photographic evidence of jackrabbit and buffalo slaughters, not to mention the existence of trees on a now barren landscape terra formed for the cattle industry. You can SMELL the cattle around the museum. They had wedding dresses, uniforms, and quite a lot of stuff on a local bank robbery where two people were killed and it was the first time the FBI used fingerprints to nail the suspect. I'm a professional psychic reader, so it was great listening to her narrative while I was in my own realm reading all the stuff around me. I get stuff around the people that handled these objects, and together it wove a fascinating day. They have an interesting collection of buggies and wagons in a separate building that I was actually too exhausted to spend much time with, but is really worth the visit. Museums like this are priceless and should be taken advantage of. There is always something in a museum that will capture your imagination or trigger a remembrance or feeling. This is the stuff of life, and Big Timbers is loaded with it. A must-see in Lamar.
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