The Limon Heritage Society - We are the group of people behind the Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park Complex. It is through the organization's hard work that the Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park Complex has evolved, grown, and flourished. The society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the state of Colorado.
The Mission of the Limon Heritage Society is to bring to life the rich history of Limon and the surrounding Eastern Colorado plains by acquiring, preserving and sharing objects of our past. We will be a source of discovery, inspiration, and life-long learning for the general public and local citizens.
History of the Limon Heritage Society and the Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park Complex - Interest in a museum for Limon started with discussions among business leaders and community members alike. A group began to meet in 1984, and the Limon Heritage Society evolved.
The group began to look for a facility to host the museum. Item donations came pouring in. The vacant Bank Hotel seemed like an ideal location. Then the 1990 tornado hit Limon, and the hotel became a casualty. The old Rock Island depot, which had lain vacant after the end of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad, was just getting cleaned up for the Twilight Limited Train rides.
The Limon Heritage Society worked with the Town of Limon to acquire the railroad depot for use by the group for a museum. Restoration was needed and grants applied for. Hard work got the depot in shape. Several donations of desks and other items that had come out of the depot were recieved.
The depot became home for the Daniel Houtz Native American collection. A N-scale model railroad was built to resemble the town of Limon in 1940, with her 2 railroads: the Rock Island and the Union Pacific.
How to Support Us - There are a variety of ways to help suppport the heritage society and the museum, both directly and indirectly.
Membership - Membership is on an yearly basis. Our membership drive is usually in late December and into January when we have our annual banquet and auction. You can join at any time. The membership application is provided here to download.
Volunteer - Museum guides are an important part of keeping the museum open and operating during the summer season. Other ways to volunteer include helping with the gardens, working at work days and other projects, and much more. Contact the museum at our contact numbers to find out more ways to volunteer.
Bricks - Make a lasting memorial to family or a local business by purchasing a brick. Each brick will reside in one of several areas of the gardens. Proceeds go to supporting the museum and are tax deductible. Download the order form for additional information and pricing.
Memorial Tree Grove - Another way to make a lasting memorial to family or friend, is the add a tree to the Memorial Tree Grove. The grove lies along the road between the railroad depot and the exhibit building. Proceeds go to supporting the museum and are tax deductible.
Amazon Smile - "Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice." We hope you select our organization, which is listed as "Limon Train Ride and Heritage Society". For details on how to start shopping with AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com. Your AmazonSmile account will be the same as your Amazon.com account.
Randy Bowen pottery - Randy and Shannon Bowen live and work in the Black Forest area of Colorado. We are honored to carry Randy's very unique stoneware pottery in vivid, earthy tones.
Meetings - The Limon Heritage Society meets most months of the year on the 4th Thursday of the month. Meetings are generally held at the Exhibit Building with winter meetings held at the Hub City Senior Center. Attendees get treated to the first look at new items donated to the museum, as well as finding out what is being planned by the Board of Directors. After the brief business meeting, a special program is given. There have been programs on antique guns, gardening tips, the FFA trip to Washington DC, and railroading. The meeting rounds up with refreshments.
Links - We've listed here some handy links for the museum and for community organizations.
Facebook - follow the museum on FB for our most current activities and peeks into the past.
Town of Limon - Limon's official town government website.
Chamber of Commerce - The Chamber's official website prompting businesses and activities in the town of Limon.
See Lincoln County- Tourism website highlighting the communities and happenings throughout Lincoln County.