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Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum

Depicting the history of life in Delta County's North Fork Valley


The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum is located at the corner of 2nd Street and Hotchkiss Avenue in the town of Hotchkiss , Colorado . The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret the history of Hotchkiss and Crawford, Colorado, and the surrounding areas, in order to make the past more meaningful to all.

The museum features permanent exhibits of Southwest Indian artifacts, historic photographs, a replica of a 1900-era general store, an old-time parlor, and a "Life on the Mesas" exhibit that includes maps, photos, literature and artifacts. Attached to the museum is an original, authentically furnished 1890s log cabin.

The reference library contains family histories and genealogies, obituaries, oral history tapes, and school yearbooks.

One section of the museum is used for temporary exhibits such as special collections.

The museum bookstore sells books about the history of the area. Some were written by local authors and others by writers from around Western Colorado .






 Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
1:00-4:00 pm


1:00-4:00 pm

The old Crawford Cemetery is located about two miles south of Crawford. The cemetery is also known as the Maher, the Lemon and the Clear Fork Cemetery. The first burial was about 1883 and the cemetery was used until 1899 when the Garden of Memories Cemetery was established adjoining the church in the town of Crawford. There are only four tombstones but evidence of perhaps twenty other burials. As many as sixty-three burials were made here.This cemetery is on private property just east of the Crawford Reservoir and south of Clear Fork Creek. It is in the corner of a cow pasture and was subjected to trampling by cattle. A four pipe corral type fence was constructed last fall with donations from the historical society and individuals. Dan Rockwell is shown finishing the welding of the pipe. The complete history of the cemetery can be read at our museum.


We also welcome tours and visits by appointment






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