Homesteaders Museum – Torrington

Jan 18, 2013

The Homesteaders Museum is located one mile north of the Historic Oregon Trail in the old Union Pacific Train Depot, which opened its doors to passengers and freight in 1925. They are one of two Spanish style depots still remaining in the area and are included in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is home to hundreds upon hundreds of manuscripts, documents, photographs, artifacts and various other Homesteading memorabilia that tell the story of the settlement of Goshen County. This site includes seven separate buildings: the Old Union Pacific Depot houses a display of homesteading items; the Union Pacific Caboose is home to a collection of railroad items from the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern; the Yoder Family Memorial home is the Lincoln Land Co. home containing a collection of items donated by the Yoder family from the 4A ranch; The Midway School House was built in 1928 and closed in 1949 and houses a collection on country schooling; the Transportation Building houses a display on the railroad, the first car that was in Goshen County and a Stage Coach; three Union Pacific cars stand to the south of the museum including a Sleeper car, a stock car and a mail car; and the final building on the site is the Trout Homestead shack that was built in 1910 by Ben Trout and illustrates that space that his family lived in for twelve years.

For more information, please visit the Homesteaders Museum site.