Museum of Northwest Colorado to ring in county centennial with new exhibits, party

If you go

What: Moffat County birthday party

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27

Where: Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.

— The public is invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Moffat County separating from Routt County. Punch and cake will be provided.

Three new exhibits will open Feb. 12 at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.

They are: “Moffat County – a Photographic Peek at the First 25 Years,” “The Moffat Loving Cup,” and “The Marcia Car.” The exhibits are open to the public.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is preparing to celebrate Moffat County’s centennial with three new exhibits and a county birthday party this month.

“There will be a lot of new things that we haven’t had at all before,” museum director Dan Davidson said of the new exhibits.

One of the exhibits is “The Moffat Loving Cup,” a large silver trophy given to county namesake David Moffat in honor of his contributions to Denver and the state of Colorado. The trophy, which will be on loan from the Colorado Historical Society, is 42 inches high, 27 inches across, and weighs 200 pounds.

Another exhibit involving Moffat is about the Marcia Car, a train car that belonged to him. The 103-year-old car currently sits at the northwest corner of Washington Street and East Victory Way.

In addition to information about the car’s history, there will also be furniture from inside the car.

The third exhibit entails 40 photos from the county’s early years. The photos are meant to give an idea of the buildings and industry of the time, Davidson said.

“It’ll be from the years before Moffat County existed, when it was Routt County until the first quarter-century when it was Moffat,” Davidson said. “We tried to capture as many areas of the county as we could outside of Craig.”

In addition to the photos, there will be banners with photos of people from the era hanging inside the museum, assistant museum director Jan Gerber said.

Some of the people that will be shown on the banners include Harry and Olive Durham, the first couple married in the county; Archie McLachlan, an owner of a saw mill on Black Mountain; and Washington Held, a weather forecaster.

“We’re just trying to represent early families that are still here,” Gerber said.

The exhibits are expected to be ready by Feb. 12.

The museum will also host a birthday reception for the county’s centennial from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend.

The museum expects to have commemorative coins and copies of the museum’s book, “Richard Barker: Buster Brown and the Cowboy,” available during reception.

The museum also has an ongoing exhibit for a later point in the county’s history for the Victory Highway, presently known as Victory Way.

The coast-to-coast highway was built in the 1920s to honor veterans of World War I, said Mary Pat Dunn, a museum employee who works on exhibits.

The exhibit includes information about the highway and several items from the highway, including a sign from Maybell that listed the distance to both San Francisco and New York.

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