South Park City Museum, Fairplay

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South Park City is an open-air museum located at the west end of Front Street in the town of Fairplay in Park County, Colorado. The museum is a historic reconstruction of a mining town from the days of the Colorado Gold Rush and the later Colorado Silver Boom in South Park in the late 1850s through the 1880s.
The museum contains thirty-five authentic relocated buildings filled with over 60,000 artifacts that depict many of the economic and social aspects of life in a gold or silver mining town in Colorado in the late 19th century. Two of the buildings, the South Park Brewery and the Summer Saloon, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
A log structure known as "Father Dyer’s Chapel" was a hotel in Montgomery, Colorado but was dismantled, moved to Fairplay, and rebuilt as a church in 1868. It is named for John Lewis Dyer, the itinerant Methodist clergyman who preached in the area from 1861 to 1877 and is one of the sixteen founders of Colorado memoralized in the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
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  • Lots to see, so give yourself plenty of time. We were blown away at the detail and information here. Really neat place and worth the stop. Would have given 5 stars if lady at gift shop hadn't been so ...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this! Lots of buildings from the 1800’ enjoyed the train the most...really gives you a feel for how people lived back then...  more »
  • This is such a fun place to check out. The lady at the front is so sweet & friendly. This place has so much fun, amazing history & you can touch stuff & get up close. That made it even better. It is a beautiful drive to this cute town & well worth going to check out.
  • Okay well first of all, I was born and raised in Colorado golden to be in fact graduated from Wheat Ridge 1998 but I've lived here all of my life and I've never been to South Park Colorado and I have to say from a historical point of view it is I wonder if place for a person that who really loves history... I have been in the Buffalo Bill Days parade and before Heritage Square shutdown I was a part of the Wild West reenactors and have been for almost 15 years and I have to say this is just like way cool dude... this is to anybody yet who comes outside of Colorado or just even in the mountain areas this is definitely a place to go for a person who's into history or not it's just cool to see at how much Society is actually progressed from not even a hundred years ago to present day

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