Ouray Colorado Hot Springs Historic Pictures from Ouray Museum

The Ouray Museum is a glorious treasure filled to the brim with artifacts from earlier times.  All three floors of the former St. Joseph’s Miner’s Hospital are filled with artifacts, clothing, domestic appliances, books, newspaper articles, medical equipment, pictures, displays, and small diaramas seeking to explain the history of Southwest Colorado and specifically of Ouray and Ridgway.  

One of the most treasured aspects of the Ouray County Historical Society’s collection are the 5000 archival prints that are available for sale.  I spent some time at the Ouray Museum, and found two images that are gems from the winter of 1929.  I had always heard that the City of Ouray maintained a few alligators in the hot springs but wasn’t sure it was true.  Well, look below at the bathing beauties on a sunny, snow covered day in 1929, pointing and gazing at the alligator in the hot springs water.  


(Picture Courtesy of Ouray County Historical Society)

What looks to be the same day, the ladies dive into a warm pool as men stand on the right in their heavy coats.  Notice the tents in the background that served as the “Mens” changing area.


(Picture Courtesy of Ouray County Historical Society)

If you are interested in archival or historical photos from Ouray and Southwest Colorado, contact the Ouray Museum during normal business hours.  They will be happy to assist you and ensure you find the perfect keepsake from the past.  The schedule for the Ouray Museum for 2016 is as follows:

  • January 1 through April 13, 2016 – Museum Closed to the Public
  • April 14 through May 14, 2016 – Open Monday through Thursday from 1:00 to 4:30 pm
  • Museum will be closed on Mothers Day, May 8, 2016
  • May 15 through September 30, 2016 – Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • October 1 through November 12, 2016 – Open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • November 13 Museum is closed for the season and will reopen in April, 2017

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