A wonderful find was the Grand Encampment Museum, with exhibits of historic artifacts, photographs, and displays. Also, a gift shop, research library, and re-created town square. Events during the summer season included Woodchoppers Jamboree, Cowboy Poet Gathering, Quilters Meet, Mountain Man Rendezvous, and Living History Day.
I was there on Living History Day when guides, dressed in period clothes, showed each building and explained their history. Some demonstrated period skills like printing press, rope making, spinning yarn, and weaving. There was part of an aerial tramway, for moving ore from the mountains to the smelter, which was the longest in the world when it operated.
Original buildings were moved onto the grounds and included a Forest Ranger cabin, school house, saloon, bakery/ice cream parlor where I got an ice cream cone, print shop, livery, blacksmith shop, stagecoach station, cabins, a 2-story outhouse, and a fire-watch tower which you could climb.
The Interpretive Center had displays of period furnishings, clothing, tools, guns, and native history. It also held a research library and giftshop with some local artwork.
I really enjoyed it, and went back several times. For such a small town, this history museum was a real GEM. If you’re ever in the area, don’t miss it!
Camp: Grand Encampment Grounds free drycamp
Scene: Museum, cabins, tram, historic artifacts