the mountain west

August 18, 2015

Montrose, Colorado

Richard E. Fike founded the Museum of the Mountain West in 1997. He is a retired historical archaeologist having served as state archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management in both Utah and Colorado. Fike served on committees in both Utah and Colorado for the Federal & State Register of Historic Places and is an expert in historical restoration. Fike began collecting western memorabilia when he was 4 years old. He had his first museum in his parent’s guest room at the age of 8. By age 12, he had begun his card catalog of artifacts. This Museum is the result of Fike’s lifetime dedication to preserving the history of the west.  (excerpt from Museum of the Mountain West)

One of the many interesting old log cabins around the museum.

_DSC9507_8_9_2015-08-18-Mtn-West-Museum-ortonAn old work horse retired.

_DSC9546_7_8_2015-08-18-Mtn-West-Museum-BW-txtThe old blacksmith workshop that repaired wooden wagons.


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