As my regular readers know, we try to check out as many museums as possible while traveling around the state. While on magazine assignment in Northwest Colorado, we decided to stop at the Wyman Museum in Craig, just 16 miles west of where we were staying in Hayden.
The museum’s collection was started in 1949 in Elks Springs, Colorado by Lou Wyman. He started the collection with a 1932 Lincoln that he paid $15 to obtain. Three years ago, a M47 American Tank joined the collection; it cost a bit more than the 32′ Lincoln, but Wyman had to have it. This tank was the highlight of Ryan’s entire day.
NOTE: Please stay off the tank unless you have EXPRESSED PERMISSION from the museum to get on it. My husband, Ryan, got permission from the museum staffers before we took this photo.
The museum is just eight years old, but the items here span generations. One of the most popular exhibits is a complete collection of Colorado license plates. You may also be interested to know that there is a collection of chain saws here that would impress Paul Bunyan.
Our museum guide was Mamma the cat, who was extremely happy to show us around in return for some love.
If you’re not a fan of hunting, you may want to skip the upstairs section of the Wyman Museum. This is home to furry animals of all shapes and sizes including One-Eyed Jack, a stuffed buffalo with quite a story. Don’t believe me? He spent months living at the 5-star Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
The Wyman Museum is online at wymanhistorymuseum.com. It is free to tour, however, please leave a donation so that this unique place can continue to entertain history lovers for years to come. Call 970-824-6346 for museum hours.