Palisade celebrates its history with new town museum

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PALISADE, Colo. (KREX) – The Palisade Historical Society is in with the old with Palisade’s first museum. Palisade’s History museum is the log building located on G Road, which once was Bunte’s shop for freight lines.

After three years of planning and fundraising, everyone involved made sure having the museum was worth the wait.

“It also gave us a little more time to give the museum a little more time to mature their exhibits and gather things and really put it together,” Museum Benefactor Cyndy Bunte describes, “They’ve done a fantastic job in there.”

The findings inside cover history that gives some visitors a trip down memory lane, showing others a whole new world.

“There were lots of things I didn’t know about,” Palisade Resident Charlotte Wheeler ponders, “It’s interesting in to see how they used to pick peaches on there still some things like that.”

“From coal mining back then to how peaches are harvested now, the historic museum tells Palisade’s story from the very beginning,” Cora Dickey reports.

Like Palisade, the museum’s new home went through a series of changes, with construction projects costing thousands of dollars (approximately $130,000). Other costs for the museum are much more fruitful.

Owners of the building, Kirk and Cyndy Bunte, set a 99-year lease with the annual rent of one dollar, so the museum would always have somewhere to stay.

“I would hope that this museum is available for all the people in the community, for younger folks who can maybe start learning about history,” Museum Benefactor Kirk Bunte shares, “This should be here for generations”

With the building already paid for, admission into the museum is free when it’s open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are being recruited and trained so the history museum is open more throughout the week.

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