Trinidad History Museum
Explore Trinidad’s past its place in the American West at the Trinidad History Museum, which is administered by History Colorado. The museum features several attractions on one block in Trinidad’s acclaimed historic district.
What to see:
Bloom Mansion is being restored by History Colorado and is an example of Second Empire architecture constructed in 1882.
In 1873, Felipe and Dolores Baca traded 22,000 pounds of wool for an unusual adobe house built for Santa Fe Trail entrepreneur John Hough. The Baca House boasts two stories, a widow’s walk, and Greek architectural details. Colorful Rio Grande textiles, Victorian furniture, and other period furnishings evoke the lifestyle of this prominent family.
Santa Fe Trail Museum
The Santa Fe Trail Museum displays historic photographs, commercial goods, and family heirlooms from trail days through Trinidad’s heyday at the turn of the century. A fringed buckskin coat that Kit Carson gave to a pioneer mayor is a local treasure.
Four Doric Columns and Greek Pediment Porch Frame the entrance to the Barglow Building, built in 1906 as a medical office and family apartment. Today the building houses an education classroom and a Creative In Residence live and work space.
Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens
Colorful Victorian flowers, antique roses and grape vines adorn the Bloom yard where you can relax with a game of croquet. Heirloom herbs and vegetables flourish in the Southwest Kitchen Garden and Annual Ethnic Garden. Native flowers, cacti, and grasses thrive throughout the heritage gardens. This oasis in the city is a Plant Select site featuring water-wise plants certified for Colorado’s climate.
Tribal Paths Online
This online exhibit looks at major events in the history of American Indians in Colorado over the past five centuries, including trade networks; encounters with newcomers; the removal of tribes to reservations; the children’s experience with boarding schools; and the American Indian civil rights movement.
Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum
The Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum is located on the Trinidad State Junior College campus in the Samuel Freudenthal Memorial Library. It offers visitors a unique look at millions of years of the area’s history.
On display are:
Early geological formations
Plant & marine animal fossils
A dinosaur track exhibit
Artifacts pertaining to the culture, food, and tools of prehistoric man during excavations in the Trinidad area
Winners of the Archaeology Week art competition
Bizarre Car Garage
The growing popularity of the annual Artocade art-car festival, which takes place in September, has lead to the creation of Trinidad’s newest museum. Bizarre CAR Garage, is a year-round art-car museum where tourists can stop and see the rolling works of art instead of motoring past the town on their way elsewhere.
Volunteers staff the garage, and more are always welcome. Stop by the garage or call: 719-334-0087 if you would like to help out. The garage’s staff is working on some fun programs for kids that will fully engage them in art car-related silliness. It’s all a part of having fun, and that’s what Artocade has always been about ever since the first festival weekend in September 2013.
Currently the museum is temporarily housed at 121 E. Main Street, but will be moving into a permanent home at 200 W. Main Street in 2018. It will become part of the Trinidad ArtSpace Space to Create project.
Get more information by visiting the Bizarre CAR Garage Facebook page.