White River Museum, Old West Heritage Culture Center and Coal Creek School
WHITE RIVER MUSEUM
The unique White River Museum is one stop you won’t want to miss when you visit Meeker! The Museum is housed in two log buildings which were built in 1880 as living quarters for U.S. Army officers. Inside these walls you will find everything from guns used in the historic Meeker bank robbery of 1896, a Victorian wreath made of human hair and a mounted two headed calf born in 1934.
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OLD WEST HERITAGE CULTURE CENTER
Heritage Tourism is a vital part of Rio Blanco County! With the continued dream to renovate the 1970’s building at 517 Park Avenue, into an “Old West” themed building, theater and research center to enhance and compliment the adjacent White Rive Museum complex, it is destined to host more community and heritage events, history films and movies, genealogy classes, family research and much, much more!
COAL CREEK SCHOOL
The Coal Creek School is the oldest rural school, established in 1884. The present building was built in 1892. Its unique and elaborate construction included stone walls and a fancy gabled end with shingles arranged in scalloped and diamond designs. A neat belfry originally adorned the front of the building. The bell now resides at the White River Museum. Coal Creek School was placed on the Rio Blanco County Historic Preservation list in 2013 and added to the State and National Historic Register July 2014. It is now in position to be historically preserved!
At History Colorado in Denver the 2018 Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation was presented to the Rio Blanco County and Rio Blanco County Historical Society for the restoration of Coal Creek School. Click here to read the article.
Rent out the Coal Creek School for you next event, gathering or wedding!
Click here for the Coal Creek School Usage Agreement.