Francisco Fort Museum

306 S. Main St., La Veta, CO 81055    

(719) 742-5501                                                                                                       

Season: Memorial to Labor Day weekend

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, or by appointment.

Admission: $5.00; Under 12 free; Seniors/Military $4.00


Francisco Fort Museum is an original 1862 adobe plaza! Exhibits featuring artifacts from the entire Huerfano County region, including: Native American cultures, Hispanic legacy, Anglo settlement, ranching, blacksmithing, saloon, log school house, the coal mining era and MORE! The adobe buildings are indeed artifacts themselves, so take a step back in time. Self guided tours let you experience the historic site your own way, or take a guided tour with an experienced docent to give you ‘the rest of the story’. Guided tours vary per visitor, but are typically about an hour in length. Take time to visit the bookshop which contains a fine collection of books pertaining to Southern Colorado history and culture. Gifts, jewelry, keepsakes all with a local and regional flare, post cards and fine conversation, always found in the bookshop!


The Alton M. Tirey Local History Center                                           

201 E. 5th St., Walsenburg, CO 81089                                                


Hours: By appointment only               


The center is your source for Archival Photo’s, Newspapers, and Huerfano County records from the 1890s to the present. The Center is available for research by appointment only.


Walsenburg Mining Museum                                                           

112 W. 5th St., Walsenburg, CO 81089                                               

719-738-1992 or (719) 738-2840                                              

Season: May-September

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm


Called the “city built on coal”, the town of Walsenburg is home to some of southern Colorado’s richest history. The Walsenburg Mining Museum, housed in an 1896 jail, exhibits not only the stories of Huerfano County’s mining camps, but memorabilia from such notable characters as Bob Ford (famous for killing Jesse James) and labor leader Mary “Mother” Jones.