The Wyman Museum was founded by Lou Wyman. The dream started in 1949 in Elk Springs, Colorado. While Lou was filling up a water barrel for his sheep herders, he noticed an abandoned 1932 Lincoln. He paid $15.00 for it and has been collecting ever since.
The museum opened in August of 2006. The Wyman family has gathered an absolutely unique collection from throughout the west and beyond, giving museum guests an experience spanning one hundred years of American life, ingenuity and advancement. We guarantee there will be something you’ve never seen before!
There is a complete Colorado license plate collection. A premier chain saw collection. The chain saws range from 12 pounds to 200 pounds and blades that range from 1 to 5 feet long. This particular collection came from Robert Ouellette from East Long Meadow, Mass. He had a chainsaw repair shop and collected saws for years. He said that these saws might not have much money value but he had to keep them as curiosities. The barn in the back of the museum was brought to the museum property from Lou Wymans ranch.
His father homesteaded near Milk Creek in 1905 and then in the late winter of 1911 skied over to purchase the property along the Williams Fork River where Lou grew up. Lou's father built the barn that is currently at the museum in 1920. Lou's son David brought this barn to the museum property pole by pole and rebuilt it to what you see today. Future plans for this barn will be to house work horses that you can watch as they cut and bale hay.
The black smith shop came from a homestead claimed by Ordway Mellon in Walden Colorado. Mr. and Mrs.Veneta Haworth donated the blacksmith shop to the museum in 2004. They purchased the homestead from Ordway and had ranched on this property for years.
We are nestled in the beautiful Yampa Valley. Come and see part of Colorado and your past. We hope you have enjoyed this small taste of us and what we are about. We hope to see you in the future.
Address: 94350 High way 40
We are just minutes from Craig and fifteen minutes from Hayden.
Look for the big tan building. Our sign at the turn off is 4 miles from Craig. Stop and visit.
Look what we have new!
The M47 is an American Tank, the second tank to be named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S.third army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates of tanks in battle!
The M47 was manufactured by Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, 8576 M47 tanks were produced
It is 48.6 short tons combat ready its 2, the length is 27ft 11in. with a width of 11ft 6.25in..
It took 5 crewman, a commander,gunner, loader, driver and assistant driver.
Days of operation:
Monday: 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Closed all major holidays
Other area museum's
Museum of Northwest Colorado: http://www.museumnwco.org/
Hayden Hertige Center: http://www.yampavalley.info/history0085.asp
Tread Of Pioneers Museum: http://www.treadofpioneers.org/
Tracks And Trails Museum Oak Creek, CO http://yampavalley.info/centers/history_%2526_genealogy/organizations/tracks_and_trails_museum