Museums

Conejos County Agricultural Museum:
One of Colorado’s finest collections of farm equipment.  Open weekdays from 8 AM to 4 PM year round. Admission is free.

The Manassa Mauler courtesy of Tawney Becker

The Manassa Mauler courtesy of Tawney Becker

Jack Dempsey Museum:
Jack Dempsey was a world re-known boxer. Coming from a poor mining and timber family, he began fighting in mining camps for money in 1914 under the alias “Kid Blackie”. Often fighting bare-fisted for a dollar a fight, Jack would say he felt very lucky earning two dollars a day. On July 4, 1919, Jack Dempsey took the heavyweight championship title from Jess Willard. Jack became the first fighter to draw a million-dollar gate. He later adopted the name of the “Manassa Mauler”, making Manassa world famous as his birthplace. Dempsey is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern boxing and has gone down in history as one of the toughest men to ever enter the ring.

The house that Jack was born in was moved from its original site to the Jack Dempsey Park at 412 Main St. in Manassa. A fine bronze of the boxer is also located in the park. Open 9-5 from Memorial Day through September. Admission is free. www.museumtrail.org/JackDempseyMuseum.asp 719-843-5207

Sanford Museum.  Information coming soon. Main Street.