Custer County boasts a long and varied history packed with stories of mining, railroads and cattle. Local volunteers keep these stories alive with their dedication to museums and historical sites. Without these volunteers, voices from our past might have been silenced for good.

Silver Cliff Museum [see image above] curator Dorothy Urban devotes herself to managing the museum’s collection and knowing the area’s most interesting tales. Likewise, All Aboard Westcliffe chairman Mel Porth has led the million-dollar renovation of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad’s original engine house and 1901 depot. A growing team of volunteers stands behind him.

A visit to Beckwith Ranch is always a treat when Elizabeth French holds court as “Mrs. Beckwith.” Dressed in character, French portrays Elsie Beckwith, the legendary lady of the ranch. She’ll tell you about the travels she takes, the laundry she does not do and the parties she throws, making for a truly memorable experience.