The Eagle County Historical Society is dedicated to the recording and preservation of local history through educational programs, publishing, and maintenance of a museum and archive. Native American culture, mining, ranching, agriculture and recreation have played important roles in our past and continue to impact Eagle County life.
Books are now available for purchase on-line. Go to the Publications section for more information.
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The Eagle County Historical Society Museum is closed for the season.
Sometimes the Eagle County Historical Society receives some unexpected treasures, like this vintage postcard rendering of the mines in Eagle River Canyon, circa 1890 - 1900. The Detroit Photography Company created the postcard by color-tinting a photo taken by William Henry Jackson. The Ben Butler mine, one of Eagle County's biggest gold producers, is visible among the sharply-pointed rocks in the upper right edge of the photo.
Many thanks to post card collector Alvin Schaut of Plainfield, Wisc., who discovered the card and sent it to us.
May we recommend our newest local history publication: Beanies, Stick Horses, Marbles & Mean Chickens: Growing up in Burns, Colorado in the 1940s, by Verne Albertson.This charming memoir tells the story of the three young Albertson brothers growing up with the freedom and adventure of a much simpler time. Book includes historic photos and stories of homesteading and hardships written by Verne's grandmother and father. Go to Publications to order online.