All are invited to the second annual Open House at the Salida Museum, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, May 13. It will feature new exhibits under all new lighting, a special presentation on railroad history and a salute to the smelter smokestack, Chaffee County’s tallest landmark celebrating its centennial year.

Admission will be FREE all day. The museum is located at I (eye) Street and US Highway 50 in Centennial Park next to the Chamber of Commerce visitor center and Hot Springs Pool.

Over the winter the museum had all its lighting replaced with new, energy-efficient, LED lights. “The new lighting is beautiful and the exhibits have never looked better,” said Susan Jesuroga, President of the Salida Museum Association. “Everyone’s invited to come in, grab a cookie, and check out the new displays created for the 2017 summer season.”

At 1:00 p.m. local railroad historian John McCarthy will present a program about the construction of the Ohio and Colorado Smelter Smokestack, which was completed November 14, 1917. The Smelter operated for 20 years before becoming a creosote plant and then a Superfund cleanup site in the 1990s. In 1976 the smokestack was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the few reminders of Salida’s industrial era, which helped shape the County we see today.

The Open House also features local author Dick Dixon who will be available to sign copies of his book, Smokestack: The Story of the Salida Smelter.

The Open House kicks off a summer of centennial celebrations of the smokestack and the start of regular summer hours at the museum—Daily 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., subject to availability of volunteers.

For more information, go to and the museum’s Facebook page, or call the museum at 719-539-7483.

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