Where the past touches the future!
At the Animas Museum, where the past touches the future, visitors of all ages can explore the history of La Plata County. From wild west outlaws and the brave lawmen who tamed the county, to generations of firefighters who shaped the community, Durango’s real history reads like a western novel. Learn how the F.B.I. traces its origins to La Plata County and prepare to be amazed at the tale of Durango’s strangest shootout (when the marshal shot the sheriff). Step back in time and visit the 1870s Joy Cabin, Durango’s oldest intact structure. The Museum is located in the former Animas City School building. This magnificent structure was built in 1904. The historically restored classroom speaks to an era of blackboards, inkwells and the 3 Rs.
The Museum is owned and operated by the La Plata County Historical Society and is often the site for special events and activities. Check our website, www.animasmuseum.org or follow us on Facebook for the latest information.
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