When you’re in Platteville, Colorado, be sure to stop in on the town’s museums. There are two of note here, so it’s worthwhile to include both on your itinerary. We suggest seeing the Pioneer Museum first and then stopping off at Fort Vasquez, where you can have lunch or an early dinner at its restaurant.
The Platteville Pioneer Museum
This organization was founded in 1994 and occupies the site of the former town library at 502 Marion Avenue. This road crosses Highway 85, making it easy to reach.
The museum has been successful enough to require an addition in 2006. Inside this museum, you’ll find pictures, other artifacts, family histories, and more about the early residents of Platteville, Colorado.
Though it was founded by three private couples—the Millers, Brotmarkles, and Harrises—it is now run by Platteville Historical Society and the Town of Platteville. Financially, it is supported by memorial gifts and memberships.
The Fort Vasquez Museum
Despite the “fort” in its name, the Fort Vasquez Museum is on the site of a former fur-trading post. Visit there to learn about Colorado’s fur-trading era for the low cost of a suggested $5 donation. Guided and self-guided tours are available; call ahead for details. There is an on-site restaurant, so this is a great place to visit around lunchtime. It is located on Highway 85 in Platteville.
Along with the museum and restaurant, this Platteville museum also has a visitor’s center and a store. The store features an excellent collection of historical books for sale.
Specific details, such as the hours and days of operation, may change as time goes on. Therefore, it’s a good idea to call ahead to confirm these specifics before planning your trip. This will ensure that when you arrive in Platteville, Colorado, you’ll get to see everything you intended to see, and you won’t be rushed while you’re here.
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