Spanish Colonial artifacts to be displayed at museum

Spanish Colonial artifacts — fragments of armor, a wheelock pistol trigger guard and an assortment of early iron artifacts — will be featured in an exhibit opening at The Museum of the West.

“Distant Treasures in the Mist” can be viewed beginning Friday, Nov. 8, at the museum, 462 Ute Ave.
One of the most interesting displays, a news release said, is a 60-inch Plexiglas dome that houses artifacts and simulates the high desert environment where they were found.

The artifacts were found at the Redoubt Site (south of Grand Junction and west of Grand Mesa) by the Western Investigations Team comprised of Museum of Western Colorado staff, scientists, consultants and college interns.

A March, 2012 Daily Sentinel story detailed the discovery “of a stone structure that continuing excavation revealed to be a redoubt, a four-sided stone structure that offered a defensive stronghold for three or four soldiers.”

With that discovery, “a new light has been cast on the history of the territory west of Grand Mesa and south of Grand Junction, one that suggests that Spaniards were wandering in the Mesa County area a century or more before the Franciscan friars Dominguez and Escalante passed nearby in 1776,” the story said.

The Museum of the West is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $3.75 for ages 3–12 and $20 for a family.

Call 242-0971 for information.


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