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Francisco Fort Museum is a non-profit repository for history both physical and heartfelt!  The adobe buildings themselves are artifacts.  You can help us preserve these structures and the collections housed in them, by becoming a 'Friend of the Fort', buying a donor brick for the brick garden, joining the historical society, or making a financial donation or endowment to the preservation work!

Let's help it survive another 152 years...  it takes a village to save the village history!!!
Above is Francisco Fort in 1890.  Note the cottonwood tree planted in 1878!

Below is the Fort in 2013...The cottonwood tree has grown some in 135 years!


Celebrating LOCALS!!

Free Day

Local Author's Day

Your favorite authors in the plaza!

Meet -n- Greet


autographed copies for sale!

Come visit us at the beginning of this new exciting season!!!

July 28th - Hispano Heritage Celebration

Dr. Lorenzo A. Trujillo & the Southwest Musicians
 will be performing and teaching in the plaza!
Award winning Santero-Jose Esquibel
Dr. Martinez, traditional wool dying with cactus bugs!
Hands on adobe making, churro sheep display
Award winning author:  Ruben Archuleta (Penitentes)
Traditional weaving: Joan Archuleta
Traditional Spanish Straw Inlay artist Gary Bellah
Local musician and storyteller Oress de Herrera

and MORE!!!

Museum and event are FREE!!!


Special guests:  Jicarilla Apache Nation-Dancers
Navajo jewelers, Pueblo artisans
Norberto Valdez, PhD
Ken Frye (petroglyph specialist)
Wolf Sanctuary and Raptors guests
Flint Knapping demonstrations
and MORE!!! 

Museum and event are FREE!!!

July 26 - Francisco Fort Day - Mining Heritage
Mark Ross, award winning singer and presenter of mining, union and labor songs
geologists, historians, hands on demonstrations
'life as a coal camp kid' with Oress de Herrera
vendors and MORE!

Museum and event are FREE!!!


the resident bear in 2013...

He slept in the big cottonwood

for weeks...

came and went, made a few messes

and amazed the visitors!

we hope he wakes up in the spring

and remembers to come by to say 'HELLO' in 2014!!

Francisco Fort Museum is nestled at the base of the 
Spanish Peaks, in central southern Colorado. 
The original adobe fort built in 1862, displays artifacts and collections from the 
Historic Huerfano County region. 
Exhibits of Native American  traditions, Hispanic legacy, settlement, ranching, coal mining era and MORE!

Take a quick tour of the museum!

2013 Season Highlights!