Tuesday, March 25, 2014

History Colorado Center

Beloved and I had talked about visiting the History Colorado Center while it's still cold outside (before warmth and sunshine become dependable).  With this past weekend's snow and cold, it was the perfect time to make that trip..

Located between 12th and 13th at 1200 Broadway in Denver, this is a wonderful family attraction (perhaps best avoided on weekdays due to the crowding of school field trips!).  

When you enter Colorado via the interstate highways, you will see a sign like this.  As we explored this museum, we found that Colorado is known for not only it's natural beauty, but the people who make up the personality of the state are colorful as well. 

The atrium, located behind the ticket desk, is a huge map of the state and has several gold seals embedded in the floor.  

There are two "time machines" that can be rolled around and positioned on top of those seals.

The machine then asks what year interests you and proceeds to tell you something historical that took place in that time frame in that part of the state. (it's very cool!)

As we moved on to another room, we saw the usual artifacts from different eras…

…and videos on the walls with citizens explaining details from their lifestyle.

Since my husband loves all things finance and math, it was not surprising to find him with a cash register and the play money.

"You've got mail!"

A beautiful handmade Arts and Crafts style handbag caught my eye.

I discovered that milking a cow is not hard at all!  On the subject of women's work, this was said, 

     "You cook from scratch: make, alter, mend, wash and iron everyone's clothes, cook, clean up, and cook again.  You gather eggs, milk the cow and tend the garden. If anyone in your family gets injured or sick, you're the doctor and the nurse. And when a neighbor drops by for some coffee and small talk, she brings her mending, you get out your sewing kit, and you both keep on working."

There was also a real outhouse on display, although I saw no need to photograph that!  But this observation was certainly true:

     "Outhouses were a fact of life for homesteaders -- even town folk. An outhouse is a little house behind a big house, about 100 yards away.  In wintertime, it's 100 yards too far.In the summertime, it's 100 yards too close."

Beloved tried (for the first time!) skiing. When he came down from his Rocky Mountain High, we visited a school and found a yearbook.

We were encouraged to play around with a fun photo tool and soon added ourselves to that very yearbook:

Beloved says my face isn't on straight, and he's got HAIR for the first time in decades. The museum emailed our pictures to us.

Further ventures into more rooms of this museum took us to a scale model of the cliff dwellings located in the Four Corners part of Colorado.

We sat in a house on the plains to experience a terrible storm in the days of the Dust Bowl.

On the heels of the Dust Bowl days was World War II.  There was a striking walk-through display of a room in the Amache camp in southern Colorado, where innocent Japanese Americans were imprisoned. 

In a room dedicated to history specific to Denver, Beloved tried to put on a barrel for his picture with our well-known Bronco "Barrel Man" but with his coat on, the barrel was too snug to drop down over his shoulders. (we later realized he was using the child's size)

We learned that when a policeman puts a "boot" on a tire for a parking violation, that boot was invented here in Denver!

Eventually our feet got tired and we realized we had missed lunchtime.  We found the cafe on the main floor of the where Beloved ordered this delicious bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

I ordered the wonderful spinach salad with fresh strawberries, red onion, glazed walnuts, soft goat cheese and a vinaigrette dressing.

It had begun to snow (as forecasted) while we were busy with the museum.  We watched busy construction workers across the street while enjoying our lunch.

Then we took the snowfall as our cue to head home.  The hours we spent at the History Colorado Center was a wonderful excursion and I highly recommend it to all of my readers!

Last month my blogging friend, Pat, wrote a wonderful post about this same place.  You can see it if you click here: 


  1. It looks like you and your husband had as wonderful a time as we did at the History Colorado Museum, Barb. You even saw some things we didn't see on our visit!

    It is time for us to make another visit, and this time we will stop for lunch, as yours looked really delicious!

    Thank you for linking to my blog!

  2. It's a pleasure to read your blog and thanks for commenting on mine!

  3. Oh, my Hubby would love this! Might have to take it in one of these days. And, do love that handmade bag! Looks like a fun way to spend a cool day. Happy Wednesday!