South Park Historical Foundation, Inc (SPCity)
Fairplay, CO 80440
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- Historic 1800's Mining Town Museum
- Group Discounts
- Free Parking
- Park County Schools free
- Gift Shop
- Children under 6 are free
Hours of OperationMay 15 to Memorial Day Weekend, 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, 9:00am to 7:00pm.
Labor Day Weekend to October 15, 10:00am to 6:00pm.
South Park City Museum is a very special 19th century mining town. There are 40 historic buildings and more than 60,000 artifacts. Seven of the buildings are on their original site. The rest were moved from other South Park locations.
Our purpose is to acquire, refurbish and interpret artifacts and historic structures unique to a 19th century Colorado Mining Town. We maintain exhibits that best represent to visitors the typical personal and professional lifestyles of that period. Each building represents some business, profession or home setting of the period. The museum is open to the public every day from May 15 to Oct. 15 each year.In the center of Colorado, at an elevation of 8,500 feet, lies a beautiful valley, surrounded on all sides by majestic mountain ranges. The valley, lush with vegetation and supplied by water from the North, Middle and South Forks of the South Platte River, supported huge herds of game and colonies of smaller animals, such as beaver, muskrat, otter and bobcat. In the midst of this bounty, the Ute Indian made his summer camp. He successfully battled Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Comanche for exclusive possession of his domain.Colorado was explored in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by the French and Spanish, who established outposts for the purpose of trade with the Indians. The Americanized name of South Park was derived from "parc", the French word for game preserve.