Take a break from the cold

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When temperatures hover around freezing or when the summer sun gets too warm, it might be time to find some indoor recreation.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig offers a chance to get out of the cold and learn something about the region.

Plus, it's free.

The museum, at Yampa Avenue and Sixth Street, features a wide variety of permanent displays downstairs and featured displays upstairs.

This winter, the featured display will be of memorabilia from locals who fought wars from World War I to Iraq.

Museum Director Dan Davidson said with the exhibit, he hopes to show the personal side of war and the effects far-away conflicts have had on Northwest Colorado.

Davidson said he is hoping to get items that show the personal side of war, such as letters home.

"We just want to show some of the costs," Davidson said.

Downstairs, the museum has exhibits on the Moffat Railroad that came into Craig in 1913, former Colorado governor and Craig resident Ed Johnson and exhibits about the region's agriculture and mining industry.

One of Davidson's favorite exhibits is the A.G. Wallihan exhibit.

Wallihan was one of the world's first wildlife photographers. He lived near Lay, west of Craig, in the late 1890s.

Not only does the museum have Wallihan's photographs, it also has a life-size print of one his most famous shots, a picture of a mountain lion jumping from a tree.

The museum also has pictures of Wallihan's wife, Augusta, who was a famous hunter featured in newspapers across the country.

Augusta's hunting rifle sits in one of the museum's display cases.

"She was a great shot," Davidson said.

The museum also has a cowboy and gunfighter exhibit. The exhibit features guns, chaps, spurs, saddles and other assortments collected by Craig resident Bill Mackin throughout the past 55 years.

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