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Museum of Northwest Colorado

New look at the early history of the Utes of Northwest Colorado. 

 The Victory Highway 

The Victory Highway was conceived by a group of businessmen and civic leaders in 1921, as way to honor those who had died in World War I.  It also served to accommodate cross-country travel with the fairly new standard of travel - the automobile. Traversing the entire width of the United States from San Francisco to New York, the highway was a tribute not only to those who had given their lives for freedom, but also, an unspoken monument to the new national pastime of touring by car.

         The highway, which ran through 12 states, was the first road system in the United States to receive federal funding   for construction.  By 1923,  the highway was open to travel and monuments and plaques to the fallen warriors were found in many locations along the route. 

                          America Takes to the Road on the VictoryHighway

'Frankie Russell' as Frank Rasmussen was known in the boxing arena, came to Craig in the middle of the Great Depression, with his bricklaying tools in hand.  He came to be known on the Colorado boxing circuit, even as he continued in his trade of stonemason.  Read about Frank and his subsequent life as husband to a local homesteader's daugher, and the life they built together in Craig.

Museum of Northwest Colorado
590 Yampa Ave.
Craig, CO 81625
Phone: 970-824-6360

Open year round 
Monday thru Friday 9:00-5:00 Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
Admission Free - Donations Gladly Accepted
Museum is wheelchair accessible