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.
***Come see our black smith work every Monday through out the summer!! *** Dalton Reed from Clark Colorado is now demonstrating the art, and hard work of a blacksmith every Friday through out the summer months. Call for more information. 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.
Wyman's Winter Festival
Come and Join us for:
Vintage Snowmobile Show- Vintage show Starts at 9:00 a.m. The snowmobiles need to be 1985 or older to compete. Best in show is judge by year and model. We have a work horse class and Cutter Class and the fun ends with a trail course that they all run.
Contact Rena Olsen 970-824-4853 for more info anyone is welcomed to participate!
XMR/Racing- Xtreme Mountain Racing come watch snowmobile racing at its best high flying action of all ages compete on a high flying, big jumps1/2 mile long track.
Racing starts at 9:00. ContactTeresa Stoffle for more info: 970-824-7848
Vintage Oval Track. This is new this year come watch the old sleds zip around the track through out the day!
Draft Horse Pulls- 2nd annual draft horse pulls show starts at 10:00 a.m. Contact Mardi Anson For more info: 970-824-0382
Cardboard Box Derby- Make a cardboard sled with your child only rule is it has to be made out of cardboard, you can use tape , glue, staples, if you use bolts we ask that you cover it with some type of protection so no one gets hurt when racing. Entries must be at the Museum by 11:00 o'clock a.m. to be placed in the judging area.Then at 1:00 we will judge most creative and peoples choice. Tropies and prizes will be awarded. Followed directly by racing the sleds to see who built the fastest sled! .A trophy and prizes will be awarded for the fastest sled.
Professional Ice Carvings: Paul Wertin with Alpine ice will be here from 10:00 - 4:00 doing demo's. This year we will donate carvings back to the highschool for there Prom!
Ice Fishing Derby: Starts at 1:00 and goes till 3:00 poles and holes in the ice will be provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife
Pond Puck Hockey Tournament: WatchCraig battle it out against OakCreek. Followed by the youth hockey games. Fun starts at 10:00 a.m. Contact Jamie at 970-824-8114 for more info!
Chili Cook Off: - Come join the chili tasting fun sponsored by the Craig Chamber. Cook off starts at 11:00 and ends at 1:30 Contact the Craig Chamber to enter of more info: 970-824-5689.
Sledding hill for the kids tubes provided or bring our own sled!
Vendors, Concessions, and More!
This year Warrior Freestyles Featuring Justin Hoyer who just won Bronze at Aspens X games January 24, 2013
And two other freestylist!
1 hour of mind blowing talent!
What is snowmobile freestyle ?
Imagine a 10-foot tall, 50-degree ramp aboard 450-pound machines. It is quite another to do so but now execute a double back flip or a front flip. Such is the sport of freestyle snowmobiling: high horsepower, intense competition, extreme risks and potentially serious consequences. Sweet!! Can't wait to watch! Show starts at 6:00
The day ends with a bang The Craig Volunteer Fire Department will set off fireworks!!!!
Stay at the Holiday Inn Of Craig
Mention the Winter Festival and get a discount!
Thanks To Our Sponsors!
Sponsored by: Craig PowerSports, Peabody Energy, Craig Ford, Rocky Mountain Machinery, Cook Chevrolet, Wagner Construction
Napa Auto Parts, Trapper Mine,Krai and 55 Country, Stockmens, Bear Creek Animal Hospital, Severson Supply, Guy Sanborn, TLC Carpet,Northwest Auto Glass, Empire Express, B&B Welders, Yampa Valley Bank, T.H.P.K Accounting, Native Excavating
We could not do this with out your support!
Also another great place to stay while visiting us is the Best Western Deer park Inn and Suites!make your reservation today ! 970-824-9282
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.
Another close friend of the Museum is:
Holiday Inn of Craig
Also offering to taking care of you!
Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites!
Or call and book your stay at: 970-824-9282
When placing your reservations with any of the above lodging please be sure to tell them "Wyman Museum sent you!" The above businesses donate to the Museum when you book a room with them. Thank you and have a great night stay.
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