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“Great, little museum and it's free!”

Ridgway Railroad Museum
Ranked #8 of 17 things to do in Ridgway
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

I took my kids here for a mini field trip after enjoying breakfast at Kate's Place. The lady at the museum was very friendly and shared info about the area even though we are also locals. It was a neat museum with great pictures of the old days as well as a neat model set up of what the train depot looked like in Ridgway in the 1940s. The kids could also check out the morse code transmitters inside the museum. Outside they had old rail cars you could go through which the kids (ages 10 and 12) loved. They could actually touch stuff and sit on seats. No signs anywhere not to touch and feel old history! Loved it! Thank you!

Thank ColoradoChk
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We stopped in here, lots of historical information about the area, and lots to see outside!! On around the corner is the old jail wagon that was used in the filming of the John Wayne movie True Grit! Person inside was very nice and knew a lot about the area,, a must place to visit if you are in Ridgway!!

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

I was here for the second time when family(wife and three kids) and I stopped here in late July while on vacation. This is the place to stop for information about the Ridgway area. The railroad stuff is very interesting also. Well worth taking a few minutes to check out and speak to the volunteer about that part of Colorado.

Thank Deuce69
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

1: The helpful & friendly staff wants you to feel welcome to Ridgway, & it shows! We were there on a Sunday, & had been told by a local to stop in because---

2. ---this is also a great stop to see some John Wayne "True Grit" memorabilia as well as learn about the interesting history of "narrow-gauge" railroads in the mountains, the founders of nearby towns & builders of railroads, etc., AND---

3.---this is the place to pick up a great little brochure which lists all the area filming locations for John Wayne's "True Grit" & other classic films! The brochure even includes photos, & provides excellent directions to find each spot: We felt as though we were on a very special "scavenger hunt", indeed---& the 2 people staffing the museum that Sunday even apologized that they had run out of the COLOR brochure (ours was plain black & white).

We were THRILLED to drive into the mountains to the meadow beneath Chimney Rock where the pivotal scene between John Wayne & Robert Duvall took place, as well as the "homeplace" where the Duke waves farewell from the saddle & jumps the fence on horseback!

Conclusion: Getting a tip from Julie, our server at "The Red Barn" (in nearby Montrose, CO---check out the review: don't miss eating there!), to stop in at this little railroad museum to pick up this brochure made our trip so much more FUN! :)

1  Thank Teresa L
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Having been to many museums in the past that have phenomenal amounts of detailed pictures and antiques. This museum has a small amount of items that are quick and easy to see. I liked the train equipment outside even though they are limited. The museum inside was nice, but most people will only look at the pictures and not read the information below them when it is very detailed. I believe if they simplified information below the pictures and then put pointers to books for more info, it would be nicer. Most of the people that I saw in the museum just glanced at the pictures.
I can't complain to much in that this museum is free.
It is a museum that once you have seen it, it is not one that you remember as one of your favorites. It's average. But, if you have time stop by and give it a glance.

Thank Dieselkmf
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