2015 Accomplishments

Increased gate registration and tours by nearly 40% including numerous school & senior groups. International, National & local visitors toured the Museum from 40 countries and 47 states.

Annual “Tribute to Western Movies” day: 200 – 300 people attended the day long event featuring western films made in CO. We also featured movie stunt women and men and extras and Chris Enss, notable author of books about women in the old west. It was a day of craft & food vendors, the art of blacksmithing & silent auction, viewing of exhibits, children’s events and live music.

Sheriff’s Office: constructed from period Cimarron Creek logs.

Major Acquisitions:  Buggy and surrey, simulated assay office, four historic safes, jail cell and furnishings. Continued to receive rare & unusual artifacts from donors on a weekly basis.

Site enhancements: Consolidated surplus building supplies on west 3 acres. Donated surplus electrical supplies to Habitat for Humanity. Removed garage to improve main entrance. Improved signage on Miami road and Highway 50.

Business initiatives: Updated articles of incorporation and bylaws. Enhanced ties with both the City of Montrose and Montrose County. Provided artifacts for Hollywood production of “The Hateful 8”. 

Marketing: Upgraded and enhanced Facebook and web site.Received increased public recognition from True West magazine, Montrose Daily Press and other news media articles and comments, as well as wider distribution of Museum literature and radio interviews. Thru the City of Montrose, Office of Business and Tourism, received broad distribution of brochures and significant publicity on City web site and in publications. Received many excellent Trip Advisor comments by our visitors.

Received many hours of volunteer time: Docents, grounds keepers, construction, landscaping, Tribute to Western Movies Day and on and on and on. Total Volunteer Hours –  9,053 hours for the year = 174 hours per week! Received grants and business donations as well as individual cash donations.


Mike Ackerman, Associate Director
Frank Anderson, Blacksmith
Pam Carlson, Tour Guide & Event Planner
Robert DeQuinze, Curator & Tour Guide
Ken Herman, Engineer
Char Hills, Restoration
Steve Hills, Construction
Pat Kennedy, Tour Guide and reenactor
Kirk Leclere, Grounds maintenance
Kris Leclere, Grounds maintenance
Marcia Perry, Seamstress and conservator
Susan Perry, Tour Guide
Jack & Barbara Rairden
Sue Rutecki, Tour Guide and restoration
Robert Schmidt, Tour Guide
Paul Sinner, Construction equipment
Dale Wilson, Construction
Many, many others…


City of Montrose, Office of Business & Tourism
Montrose County
Montrose Community Foundation
Dalby Wendland & Co., Buck Miller, CPA
Delta-Montrose Electric Association
Dr. John Gilham
Alpine Archaeology
Ashby Burchard
Colorado Yurt Company
Ray Jenkins
Barbara Keller
Bill & Linda Manske
Pat Mathews
Dave Petersen
Jack & Barbara Rairden
Michael & Phyllis Rovella
Don & Bonnie Stott
Ralph & Karen Wachle
Marilyn Wilgocki (Illinois)
Plus many others

Board of Directors

Richard Fike, Founder
Carol Harris-Fike, Founder

Carolyn Belavance
John Carls
Gary Ellis
Jack McKenna
Jerry Weaver