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Walsenburg Mining Museum

112 West Fifth Street


WALSENBURG was called the "City Built on Coal" during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exhibits highlight memories of the more than 100 mining camps in Huerfano County which were home to thousands of miners and their families.

LOCATED IN the 1896 Huerfano County Jail, the Walsenburg Mining Museum also has memorabilia from the original jail including a "furnished" cell. See where such notable law-breakers as Bob Ford, the murderer of Jesse James (he killed another man in Walsenburg), and Mary "Mother" Jones, a labor organizer in the 1903-1904 and bloody 1913-1914 coal miners' strikes. Another display shows the opposite side of the labor force with a complete office once belonging to the owner of a coal mining company.

THE MINING Museum displays vintage photographs of the miners, their families, homes and camps. Also on display are maps and charts, miner's personal gear and belongings, tools and equipment. One map highlights the world origins of the unfortunate miners killed in local mines. There also is much genealogical material for those searching for their roots. A gift shop on the premises offers books, maps, and other informational materials as well as souvenirs and keepsakes.


Frank Manning

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
I thought I had slipped through a time warp back to 1913. The kind, friendly people working at the museum showed me the cell where Mother Jones was jailed, the shovels and drills that the miners used hundreds of feet underground, and the books and magazines from the days when coal was king and Walsenburg was booming. Next time I'm in southern Colorado on I-25, I'll stop again and absorb a little more history of the real old west that thousands of immigrant laborers lived through. I urge you to go there, too, and see and feel first hand what life in a mining town used to be.

Karen A

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Wonderful tour, knowledgeable docents, lots of artifacts

David Byrd

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
Lots of history and period pieces, very helpful and kind staff

Lauren McAdory

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Caroline Selko

Friday, June 9, 2017

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