Press Release

Opening of Frontiers of Fortune exhibit at Fort Vasquez Museum delayed until February 25th

PLATTEVILLE, Colo.  (February 10, 2020) – The opening of the newest exhibit at Fort Vasquez Museum, titled Frontiers of Fortune: Economic Booms and the Peopling of the South Platte Valley, 1840-2020 and Beyond, has been delayed. The exhibit will now open to the public on Tuesday, February 25th.

This exhibit will detail the economic growth of northern Colorado, centered on the South Platte Valley from early settlements of the 1840s through modern day.

Visitors to this exhibit will explore the history of the economic development of northern Colorado and the continuing stories of immigrants and industries that shaped the current culture of the South Platte Valley. Frontiers of Fortune will feature carefully chosen artifacts, including mining equipment, buffalo bones and china, as well as reproductions of recruitment posters and snippets from Colorado newspapers throughout the last two centuries. 

The exhibit will not only discuss the past but also the future, with an interactive portion in which visitors will learn about archaeology, and discover what they may leave behind for archeologists to find 180 years from now. Visitors are encouraged to become part of the future history of Fort Vasquez.

About Fort Vasquez Museum
Fort Vasquez Museum is the site of an 1835 fur trading post founded on the South Platte River by Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette. The site was reconstructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1937 and History Colorado took possession of the site in 1958. It is located at 13412 US Highway 85 in Platteville. It is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is by suggested donation, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. For the summer, Fort Vasquez Museum hosts a ticketed living history program Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. More than Mud is included in admission. For more information, visit

About History Colorado
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.

Zach Werkowitch
Community Relations Manager
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