Mark Your Calendars! The 20th Annual Potato Soup Supper October 13th

The Harvey Girls

The Harvey Girls are brought to you by the Ute Pass Historical Society.

In the 1870s, the food served to rail travelers was considered the worst in the country. Railroads were then operated on the theory that speed and not food was what counted. Restauranteur and businessman Fred Harvey saw an opportunity to bring civilized dining to the American West through the Santa Fe railway. His dream became a reality, with the help of famers’ daughters and other brave women who left the security of home and family to go west when the West was a male dream. The food and service made the Santa Fe popular, but it was the Harvey Girls who made it number one.

The Harvey Girls featuring the history of the Santa Fe Trail and Railway, Fred Harvey and his beloved waitresses will be on display in the Woodland Park Library through October.

Weekly guided tours of History Park and the Walking Tour of Downtown Woodland Park

Take a walk through the bygone days with Ute Pass Historical Society! Weekly guided tours of History Park and the Walking Tour of Downtown Woodland Park continue through September 2 (excluding August 5 for the Mountain Arts Festival).

The two daily tours of the five buildings comprising History Park begin at 11 am and noon. Exhibits and contents are frequently refashioned so “come again for the first time!”

The 90-minute Walking Tour of Downtown Woodland Park begins at 10:30 am, so please arrive at the UPHS Museum Center by 10:15 am. The Center is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Public Library. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a light sweater.

While at History Park, visit the Olde Curiosity Gift Shop which offers an extensive selection of books and unique gift items. The Gift Shop is located in the Museum Center and is open year-round, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm.

For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512.

All tours are weather permitting.


By Nancy Desilets
Photo by: Judy Perkins

The Ute Pass Historical Society presents “Ute Pass Childhood in the Early Days”

In the early 1900’s, many folks found the Ute Pass area to be a good place to raise a family. Children were expected to be self-sufficient and tend to their chores while busy parents worked the railroad and did other jobs.

Ute Pass Childhood in the Early Days.Dorothy Hart recalls that her mother could not keep track of her. ”She would tie a rope around my waist and tie me to the railing of the store.”

Donna Jean Clifford remembers hanging out wash in Colorado winters. ”I had cold fingers every morning!”

Despite daily chores, there was always time for parties, picnics, and fun.  This exhibit reveals personal stories and features photographs and vintage artifacts.

The exhibit can be seen at the Woodland Park library on the 3rd floor through March. For more information, contact the Ute Pass Historical Society at 719-686-7512.


NOW AVAILABLE at UPHS Gift Shop–Gift Certificates!

What a great holiday gift idea!!!

The Old Curiosity Gift Shop at the Ute Pass Historical Society & Pikes Peak Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday year-round, from 10 to 3. Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

native-jewelryOur Gift Shop is located in the Museum Center building at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park.

The shop offers an extensive selection of books and unique gift items, including Native American drums and art, and lots of handmade jewelry.

Our 2017 Pictorial Calendar makes a wonderful gift and is avail
able for $12 + tax. The long awaited, recently released books, Discovering Ute Pass, Volume I and II, are available for $21.99 + tax.

All patrons receive a 10% discount in the Gift Shop, including reprint orders from our collection of over 4,000 photos of the Ute Pass area.

Cash or checks only, please! If you have untitled-2any questions, please contact us at: 719.686.7512.