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The Rio Blanco Historical Society and White River Museum

Rio Blanco County Historical Society preserves 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 on many topics to serve the region and all those who travel to this area.

The White River Museum itself is housed in two of the log buildings from the 1880′s that served as officer’s quarters of the federal troops stationed in Meeker, as a result of the Meeker Massacre in 1879 and the infamous Milk Creek Battle, the last Indian Tribe/U.S.Army battle in America. Named one of the last curio museums in Colorado, by the State Historical Society, it is filled with collections ranging from the 1880’s to the 1950’s.

White River Museum is a good resource for family information from the region. Tour groups welcome. Open daily year round (except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day). Admission FREE, donations appreciated.

The Museum is located at
565 Park Ave. in Meeker, Colorado
Phone: 970-878-9982

Hours of Operation:
SUMMER: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WINTER: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

The Historical Society continues fund-raising projects to support the White River Museum,
historic sites such as the Milk Creek Battlefield Park and Coal Creek Rural School, and Heritage Tourism.

Contributions are welcome in any of these efforts.
You can safely donate here via PayPal!