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The Gazette Published: May 18, 2013

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Learn the history of "Little London" in what used to be the city's courthouse - with one courtroom still preserved on the second floor. The museum has more than 60,000 objects in its collection, and admission is free. springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=586

 

Molly Brown House Museum

The "Unsinkable Molly Brown" was made famous in news reports, movies and books after she survived the sinking of the Titanic, but the real-life story of Margaret Brown (her real name) is even more fascinating. Her home is preserved in Denver, with guided tours and other events. mollybrown.org

 

Baca House and Bloom Mansion

These homes offer glimpses into the early days of Trinidad and the settling of southern Colorado. The Baca House is adobe style from 1873. The Bloom Mansion, built in 1882, shows ornate Second Empire architecture. Learn more through the Trinidad History Museum. tinyurl.com/blc9kj3

 

Mesa Verde National Park

This world-famous national park in the southwest corner of the state offers a history lesson of another sort - of roughly A.D. 600-1300, when Ancestral Pueblo people made their homes in the region's steep canyons. The park features 600 cliff dwellings, a few of which can be seen on guided tours. nps.gov/meve

 

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Known as the Castle of the Plains, the fort is a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post along the Santa Fe Trail in southeast Colorado near La Junta. Demonstrations and special events include living historians re-creating the sights and sounds of that era. nps.gov/beol

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