The Colorado's Most Significant Artifacts program highlights the importance of historic and cultural heritage and honors and recognizes all the organizations in Colorado that care for and preserve photographs, documents, rare books and manuscripts, audio recordings, film, digital materials, art, and historic, archaeological and natural science specimens.
Stay tuned for 2020's call for nominations in late spring 2020.
The Circle Route Stagecoach was called a celerity ‘Mud Wagon” which was a type of Concord stagecoach designed for mountainous or difficult terrain. The name “mud wagon” comes from the fact that the roads it was used on were often muddy. Abbot-Downing and M.P. Henderson Company of Concord, New Hampshire, manufactured this ‘Mud Wagon’ Stagecoach for the light weight design, along with exterior framing, iron rockers and leather thorough braces. With the featured reinforced undercarriage and lighter body. It weight approximately 2500 pounds, it is 8 ½ feet tall and long, and is a narrow 5 foot width.
William Henry Jackson's original Eastman View no. 2 Improved Model Century View and Empire State no. 2 (Eastman Kodak Co.) camera, circa 1915. From the William Henry Jackson Collection, WH1677, Western History and Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library.
The Yeager-Badger Creek Partial Vessel is a conical jar with flared walls. It derives from the Early Ceramic period, the earliest pottery manufacturing period on the Plains. All exhibiting characteristics -- rim shards, cords, and globular swell are attributes of Plains Woodland Pottery. This a reconstructed vessel of 32 sherds. It is a very large whose function was probably utilitarian, most likely for storage since there is no sooting or evidence of cooking.
This image of a Navajo woman seated at a loom with a partially finished blanket was selected to represent a collection of 645 18 x 22 inch "mammoth" glass plate negatives photographed by William Henry Jackson ca. 1890-1910.
In 1917, in response to a request by the U.S. Army Depot Quartermaster in New York, the Edison Company created a special model of phonograph. Known as the Army and Navy Model, the cost of this machine at the time was $60. The Edison Army/Navy Phonograph was protected in a sturdy wooden crate that was reinforced by angle iron and painted into anonymity with military enamel paint. The 280 different pieces of the model were numbered and labeled so it could be dismantled and rebuilt.
The Mantle’s Cave Collection includes Native American projectile points, basketry, leather bags, pendants, fishhooks, a necklace, shoes, and headdresses, mostly dating to around AD 1000. Another part of this collection is the associated archive of field notes, describing every step in the excavation and each incredible find. The most compelling artifacts include a vibrant pink/orange and yellow feather headdress, which is stunning in its artistry and preservation. Another piece is the deer-scalp headdress in remarkable condition which is the oldest item in the collection from around 3,500 years ago.
One of the official Auraria Higher Education Center ceremonial groundbreaking shovels. It is about three feet long with stainless steel hardware and commemorative engraving showing the groundbreaking date of October 4, 1973.
46''x 60'' banner bearing the name of the Societa Femminile di M.S. Principessa Iolanda of Pueblo, Colorado. The banner was displayed on a nine-foot, two piece, antique oak pole, covered with black velvet and carried in parades and special events by Society members. Hand-fashioned of an India ink colored cotton face and crimson colored silk backing, painted portrait of Princess Yolanda, daughter of the last Italian King, mounted with crewel stitching also used to illustrates her garment. Gold work embroidered throughout, metallic bullion fringe and moiré banding. The artist and craftsman are unknown.