All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons It wasn't long after the founding of Lyons in 1881 that the Denver, Utah & Pacific Railroad arrived in Lyons. The exhibit traces the history of the railroads from 1885, to the closing of the depot in 1960, and the final special excursion train from Lyons in 1962 with objects photographs, and ephemera.
A new acquisition to the museum in 2017 included the WWII diary of Charles P. Swift which he began on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor and concludes September 20, 1942. The diary is part of the Swift/Bohn/Smith Family Collection that was donated by the Dolph and C. Phillip Swift families. A fascinating historical document covering some of the pivotal events in WWII history, the diary has been transcribed by museum staff and is available to read at the museum.
A collection of 214 teacher register and grade books spanning 1920 to 1961 from the Lyons schools was recognized as one of Colorado's Top Ten Most Significant Historical Artifacts for 2017. They provide a wealth of information about the Lyons schools and community from 1920-1961. In addition to student, parent, and teacher information the books give the museum the ability to track class sizes, gender demographics, school year calendars, and changes in curriculum over time. Learn more at historycolorado.org or click here