Embrace the past

Jim Crawford, great-grandson of Steamboat Springs founder James Harvey Crawford, describes to an overflow audience at the Tread of Pioneers Museum on Friday how his ancestor's experiences as a young officer in the Civil War shaped his personality. Crawford is wearing cotton gloves to protect love letters from his great-grandfather to his future wife, Margaret, during the war.
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Steamboat has heritage, and to find it look no further than Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St., 970-879-2214), just one block north of Lincoln Avenue. The museum offers the area’s most extensive and comprehensive collection of Northwest Colorado and Steamboat Springs historic artifacts, from Ute Indian displays to the original suit from the Lighted Man.

In conjunction with Historic Routt County, the museum also offers free weekly walking tours throughout July and August, focusing on historic buildings, architecture and even Steamboat’s Olympic heritage centered around Howelsen Hill.

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