Pueblo County Historical Society Museum

Pueblo County Historical Society Museum

Located in the basement of the historic Vail Hotel at 217 S. Grand

 In the basement of the historic Vail Hotel at 217 S. Grand. This museum houses the Edward H. Broadhead Library which has a collection of books, historic maps, and photographs of the area.

The most notable collection concerns Pueblo’s great saddle makers: Gallup, Frazier, Flynn and McConnell. In addition to saddles, other cowboy artifacts manufactured by these men are on display.

The railroad collection contains are collected by William White, a Pueblo railroad banker, who was an owner of the Durango-Silverton Railroad. This collection includes dishes from a number of railroad dining cars.

The southwest room has a large number of pioneer items from Francis King’s home as well as his collection of Western prints. The square grand piano is believed to be the oldest piano in Colorado, brought by James Carlile.

Mr. Carlile was an entrepreneur whose business interests included preparing railroad beds, owning a stable and starting the first horse-drawn streetcar in Pueblo. (719) 543-6772.