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Discover Colorado's pioneer heritage along the Front Range

Lora J. Finnegan


Centennial Village Museum
Picture a snapshot of a Weld County village settlement at any time from 1860 to 1930. Now step into it: that's what Centennial Village is like. The 5 1/2-acre museum contains 32 original and reproduction structures reflecting the county's cultural and architectural diversity.

At the entrance, stop at the 1870s cottage housing Selma's Store to pick up a souvenir guide ($1.50) and map (free). Then wander: you'll see log cabins, adobe houses, farm buildings, Cheyenne tepees ― even a 1921 fire station, complete with a fire truck.

Time your visit to coincide with the High Plains History Fest May 7-9, and you'll catch costumed historians demonstrating blacksmithing, quilting, and pioneer cooking. Try a sample of crispy-topped chuckwagon cornbread or gingersnaps baked in a woodstove.

10-4 Tue-Sat; $5, $3 ages 6-11 (free one Saturday each month). 1475 A St.; 

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