Welcome to the Rio Blanco County Historical Society

Our mission is to preserve the rich heritage of the White River Valley by capturing oral history, maintaining the White River Museum — which houses numerous artifacts and collections from local pioneers — protecting and interpreting historic sites and providing historic education.

White River Museum Hours

SUMMER: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
WINTER: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

In light of COVID-19, private tours can be arranged by appointment during non-public hours.
970-878-9982 or 970-388-7164

If you would like to make a donation to the museum, please click here. Thank you!

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION: During the coronavirus pandemic, to protect museum staff and patrons and to comply with public health guidelines, museum visitors will be limited to 10 persons unless they are all in one party (e.g. family group). Face coverings are needed for staff and guests. All visitors and staff are asked to maintain physical distancing as much as possible. Staff is regularly cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.
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A simple thing… just talk

September 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

  The Battle of Milk Creek is one moment in time. It is a pivotal moment that continues to transform global civilization to this very moment. Not long ago I stood on the Milk Creek

Frank Hicken Story

July 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Frank Hicken Story

By Frank Hicken I, Benjamin Franklin Hicken, better known as Frank, was born March 10, 1903, in St. Louis, Missouri. My father was killed the same year, working on the railroad. My mother moved to Denver after that, and the four of us boys were placed in the Orphan’s Home, as our mother’s health failed […]

The Story of Our Newspaper at History Camp

June 19th, 2017|Comments Off on The Story of Our Newspaper at History Camp

Thursday, June 15, 2017 was “Newspaper” Day at History Camp! With 37 excited kids divided up into two groups rotating from a historic power point presentation to a tour at the museum to an activity in making their own front page news – the kids learned about James Lyttle the founder of the newspaper, how […]

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