Curator’s Corner

“It is heartwarming to work with amazing partners on wonderful projects.”

Kathleen Scranton, Big Timbers Museum Curator.

Prowers County Historical Society, Prowers County, a Colorado Creative Industries Grant, a Colorado Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway Grant, a National Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Grant, The Fort Bent Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a Huddleston Butler Memorial Foundation Grant built our impressive Kiosks and Santa Fe Trail Marker area located south of the museum.

A Lyon’s Club covered picnic table project was expanded.  The adjacent Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Foundation Memorial makes this outdoor space a memorable place to visit.

The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Foundation Memorial

The Big Timbers Transportation Museum

Prowers County, Prowers County Historical Society, the City of Lamar, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Corning, and Jeanne “Jinx” Clark provided the cash match funding for a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant, a Colorado Department of Transportation grant, and a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to build the Big Timbers Transportation Museum in 2011.

As an event venue, the Transportation Museum has proven that it is a beautiful place to have a party or meeting.

The Big Timbers Transportation Museum was designed by architect, Tim Stroh, to historically compliment the original historic A. T. & T. building.

Erected in 1929 by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, the building housed repeater equipment for the company’s Denver-Kansas City long distance lines from 1929 to 1966 at which time the old open lines were discontinued and the new Coaxial Trans-Continental Cable was put into service.  After the equipment was removed from the building, the A. T. & T. Company, in 1966, presented it to Prowers County Historical Society to be used as a museum.  Today, Prowers County and the Prowers County Historical Society work together to provide a beautiful home for an incredible collection.