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PAST EVENTS

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We are proud of our accomplishments and our connection to community. It is our mission to build events that connect us to the ranching heritage of our valley here in the San Juan Mountains. If you're interested in hearing more about our upcoming events, please connect with us on Facebook.

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Ridgway Old West Fest 2023

***(FREE admission to the Ranch Museum for this extended day)

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This VERY special one-day Gallery Show highlights Frances Talbert, a native of Ridgway, who grew up in Pleasant Valley on the Fournier Ranch and spent 90% of her 98 years here in our area. A selection of her exquisite jewelry/belt collection, purchased in

the 1970’s-1990’s, will be available for purchase. We also will have free MULE RIDES, Sunrise Burrito Food truck, and the museum will be selling generous slices of home-baked Apple pie for our fundraiser that day to go with those burritos.
 

PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON RAILROAD STREET parking lots.

A special day- Not to be missed!!

 

This day is in conjunction with Ridgway Railroad Days next door at our neighbors! Fun for all!

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Savoring Ridgway's Ranch Customs and Flavors
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(Limited Seating Available)
To Secure Tickets:
JANUARY 30 - EXPLORING TRADITIONAL RIDGWAY AREA GARDENS
FEBRUARY 27 - Cast-Iron Skillet to Table
MARCH 27 - Rooted in Tradition
APRIL 24 - CARING AND SHARING

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Ridgway Old West Fest

In conjunction with Ridgway's Old West Fest:

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Museum Events - 2021
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RIDGWAY OLD WEST FEST (ROWF)*
September 24 – September 26, 2021
For information and tickets: www.ridgwayoldwestfest.org

  • 2nd Annual Craftsman Leather Gallery Museum Show

  • "How an Iron Lung Found Its Home in Ridgway: Polio, Survivors, and the End of an Epidemic"

  • Packing Mules Demonstration

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OCRHM MUSEUM GALLERY SHOWS
September 24 – October 13, 2021
(Regular Museum Hours)
*ROWF Special Museum Hours for September 24-26:
Fri. & Sat.: 10 AM-4:30  PM — Sun.: 11 AM-4 PM

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Museum Events - 2020

Museum Events - 2020

  • 5th Annual Historical Ranch History Tour - Dallas Divide - Postponed
  • Ridgway Old WestFest - Cancelled
  • Christmas Wreath Sales - Orders in by November 13, 2020
  • Noel Night - Cancelled

September 25-27, 2020

Regional Leather Artisans Gallery Show in Museum Blacksmith Demonstration, Mule Packing Demonstration, Leatherworking Demonstrations from Accomplished Regional Craftsmen - Showcased at Ranch History Museum and Museum Acreage (North of OCRHM)

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OCTOBER 11-13, 2019

Ridgway Old West Fest

50 Years of the True Grit

Join us for the Old West Fest to celebrate John Wayne and the 50th Anniversary of the True Grit movie. Our town will be filled with lots of special events. Join our Chuck Wagon Dinner with activities for the kids or sign up for an audio tour to the movie set locations with us. Come to the museum to learn how to pack mules for the high country and visit with Bob DeJulio, specialty painter hired by Paramount for the True Grit movie buildings.

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Chuckwagon Dinner

OCTOBER 12, 2019

Chuckwagon Dinner

  • Chuck Wagon dinner with music: Get your tickets soon for this event!  The Ouray County Ranch History Museum will be hosting this wonderful chuck wagon dinner as a Fundraising private event at the Cimarron Ridge Ranch. Roping lessons,  horse  rides, and music by Heather & Douglas  are included. Tickets $60 for adults; $25 for children (participation limited  to 75).  Visit the museum, call  970-316-1085, or purchase your tickets through museum website at ocrhm.org using PayPal.  Saturday 5:00-7:30 pm.

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OCTOBER 12, 2019
How to Pack a Mule:  Local Tom Heffernan and the US Forest Service will demonstrate how to pack a mule for mountain hikes. Rides available. 11:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum Property, 321 Sherman St. FREE.

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OCTOBER 11, 2019​
Visit with Bob DeJulio, Paramount’s specialty painter for the True Grit movie: Come and chat with Bob DeJulio and hear first-hand stories about painting sets for and working with the cast and crew of  the 1968 movie True Grit (released in 1969). 3:00-4:30 pm Friday at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum, 321 Sherman St. Suggested $5 admission donation.

Bob DeJulio
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Ridgway Old West Fest

OCTOBER 11-13, 2019

Old West Fest

  • OC Ranch History Museum’s collection of original photographs taken during the True Grit filming: Gallery showing of never-before-seen black & white and color images of locations, locals, and actor test scenes during True Grit production. These images plus the True Grit: A 50 Year Tribute book and locally made gift items and cards may be purchased in the museum’s gift shop. The original True Grit jail wagon makes a fine photo op and is also located on the museum grounds.  Suggested entry donation to museum of $5. 10:00-4:30 pm Friday, 10:00-4:00 pm Saturday, 11:00-3:00 pm Sunday,  OC Ranch History Museum, 321 Sherman St.

  • For the full weekend town events, paid and free, go to ridgwayoldwestfest.org.

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2019 Ranch Tour
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2018 Ranch Tour
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2018 Pie Fundraiser
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2017 Ranch Tour
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2017 Grand Re-opening
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2016 Ranch Tour
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