Ever Wonder what became of old Winnemucca, the town where brave pioneers sought their fortune and weary cowboys hitched up their steeds after a day on the rage?
Just above the site where thousands of wagon trains forded the Humboldt River on the long trek to California, sits the Humboldt Museum. Remains from the Ice Age of 13,000 years ago, wonderful beaded and quilled regalia from an American Indian Collection, vintage automobiles, keepsakes from Winnemucca's "art nuveau" period, and a bottling scene from the early days are among the treasures awaiting your visit.
The museum campus consists of 4 structures - The 1907 Former St. Mary's Episcopal Church, wherein Humboldt Museum first opened in 1977; the 1880's Greinstein Buildng, a former store/hide tannery; the 1899 Richardson-Saunders House, an Eastlake Style home once located on Railroad Street; and a modern two-story brick building containing the bulk of the museum's colleciton and exhibits. Together, the buildings house the story of the community.
Inside the museum - every artifact at the museum comes with two supplements - a story, and someone who loves telling it.
The staff of the museum will gladly take you back in time with an introduction to the treasures of Humboldt County's history.
Humboldt Museum is located - adjacent to Pioneer Park at 175 Museum Way, and is open Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed Sunday - Tuesday.
Admission is free and donations are welcomed.
For more information, please visit www.humboldtmuseum.org.