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A few changes and additions at Rifle’s museum

Mike McKibbin Citizen Telegram
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Auto aficionados take note: If you have any old auto parts or items that relate to Rifle’s automotive past, get in touch with the Rifle Creek Museum.

The local treasure trove of all things historical from Rifle’s past wants to have an auto display. They’ve even set up a room for it, as the museum at 337 East Ave. prepares to open for its 46th year on Wednesday, May 15.

Museum President Cecil Waldron said they are especially interested in items from two of Rifle’s first dealerships, Rifle Auto (Ford) and the Fulton Garage (Dodge and Chrysler-Plymouth).

“We’d like anything related to those two dealers,” he said during a brief tour on Friday, May 3. “Calendars, pictures, sales brochures, hub caps, wrenches.”

“We’d like anything related to those two dealers.”
Rifle Creek Museum President
Cecil Waldron

Waldron said anything from the first cars made through those manufactured and sold in the 1950s and ’60s is welcome.

Museum volunteers have set up a room at the top of the stairs on the second floor for the display, with a few items already present. A brake relining tool from Fulton’s Garage and a carbide generator, used to generate gas for welding and metal cutting, are the main items.

Another change to greet visitors this summer is a cowboy room, just off the entryway, where monthly special guests will be asked to come and spend a few hours on a Saturday, visiting. Waldron said they are calling the events “Remembering Rifle,” and hopes to see several longtime area residents take part, beginning in June.

“We thought it would make a visit more interesting if people could listen to some of the older folks talk about Rifle’s past,” Waldron said, perhaps with items in the museum to go along with their stories.

Thanks to a few more volunteers, the two-story, 22-room museum plans to be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year, Waldron said, and may stay open later on Fridays.

The museum, established by the Rifle Homemakers Club, was first located in a schoolhouse in 1967 near the former town of Austin, which was flooded when Rifle Gap Reservoir was built and filled, Waldron said. It has been in the former city hall and police department building on East Avenue since 1984, he added.

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