Historical Society of Oak Creek & Phippsburg

The Historical Society explores local history: early coal mining, railroads, homesteads, schools, and towns. Educational programs for local schools and senior citizens have been established. Guest speakers and bus tours are part of our special programs. We provide online info for genealogists.

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Collections, Conservation & Exhibits

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
General population
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Military
Teachers

Description

The Historical Society of Oak Creek & Phippsburg / Tracks and Trails Museum is committed to collect, preserve, protect, interpret, impart and celebrate the history of the Oak Creek, Phippsburg, and Stagecoach areas including history from Routt County that has ties to our mission.

Collections care strives to mitigate the occurrence of damage and deterioration through research and the implementation of procedures which enhance the safety of cultural heritage objects and collections. Our strategic plan and goals lay a platform for the continuation of good professional practice and to continue to enrich upon and strengthen the foundation of current practice.

We continue to improve access and convenience of our collections for research and education. We strive for professional standards and exhibits that are engaging, authentic and of which tells the colorful story of our heritage.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Museum is visited by a wide variety of guests including students from local schools, out-of-state and foreign visitors needing information for family genealogy, tour groups that come by bus, auto touring clubs, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Tracks and Trails Museum hosts free visiting speaker events which are well attended by members of the community.

Historic Foidel School

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Teachers

Description

The historic Foidel School requires restoration and maintenance of one room school house and teacherage. The project also includes expansion of site specific programs. It will allow for increased accessibility and access to the site with quality educational programming for all ages. Currently we offer tours to school groups, special interest groups and the general public.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The restoration efforts are successful by evidence of the past goals and met. New goals and vision for the site will continue to be met. We are currently in a partnership and have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Historic Routt County and owners of the site. We actively have work days scheduled and also include the site on regional historic bus tours. The Foidel School is popular with students, teachers and volunteers.

Phippsburg Caboose & Railroad Display

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

We maintain historic railroading display. Not only does it celebrate the history of the area and a lifestyle but the individual lives that shaped the community. The outdoor exhibit includes railroading artifacts as well as a caboose. The Railroader's Wall honors the individual railroaders.

We recently purchased additional land for placement of railroad cars/equipment in the future. Program funds raised will go towards maintenance and expansion. Expansion will include ground preparation, a retaining wall and moving an additional caboose of historic significance to the site and more!

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Evidence of Program's Success

This local railroaders and community across the United States are very engaged in this project as evidence of the funds raised, in a short amount of time, to purchase two adjacent lot to be able to expand display. Site popular for reunions, picnics, tours and school groups.

Educational Programs & Events

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Teachers

Description

The Tracks & Trails Museum and Historical Society of Oak Creek & Phippsburg hosts over 1500 people at our programs, events and tours. We serve people of all ages and interests at the following: Lectures Series, Cemetery Tours, Road-side Mine Tours, Walking Tours, Take it Easy Historic Road Trip, Labor Day Events, Pie in the Park, Holiday Events, Pioneer Picnic, School Programs, Immigration Studies, Open House(s), Taste of South Routt, 4th of July in Yampa, Women's High Tea and more.

We are currently raising funds to expand on our presence into the schools and educational programming.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our event featuring speakers are well attended. Public has requested expansion of these special community events. All programs align with strategic plan and mission. We collect feedback and evaluations when practical to gauge program success. Our success is evident in our every increasing requests for additional programming.

Landscaping & Museum Revitalization Project

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
General population
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Teachers
Veterans

Description

Improvements and maintenance of outdoor park and historical display, Tracks and Trails Museum building, and The Station building.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Located on CO state highway 131 (Oak Creek Main Street) the outdoor display and park is very popular with touring bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and visitors from around the world.
The park is attractively landscaped, has attention grabbing coal mining equipment on display. We have a track record of being fiscally responsible for past and present projects. Current projects address safety concerns, additional landscaping, and development of a trail head. The programs success is monitored by the positive feedback from visitors and community.

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