PIONEER TOWN – REMEMBERING WHEN Founded: 1981|
Founders: Joan Crocker, Marylou Huerkamp, Mary Kaiser, Jack MacAdams,
Maynard Nelson, Dode Peterson, Archie Peterson, Doris Stewart and Marie Wetterich.
A visit to Pioneer Town will bring back lots of memories of the way things
were or lots of amazement…were things really like that?
Thanks to the vision of the Founders of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society,
Pioneer Town began in 1981 to become a living history village and museum. Currently
the museum is staffed by about 85 volunteers per week. They do the cleaning, the tour
guiding, and all the upkeep.
Over 20 buildings line the boardwalk and are brimming with historical treasures of the
past. Guided tours are available daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Some of
the highlights might be the Indian Museum, with its fantastic collection of arrowheads
and points, the Black Smith Shop, where actual smithing takes place, Doris’ Doll House,
with so many unique dolls and toys, or the Stolte Shed, where the upstairs houses a great
history of the fruit packing industry of our area.
Be sure and check out the wooden silos with their displays and attend a concert in the
Chapel of the Cross on a Thursday evening or a Sunday afternoon. Watch for special events
during the summer such as the “Nite on the Town,” The Ice Cream Social, Heritage Day and
the Car Show. You can find more information on these and other events on the Chamber’s
The Chapel of the Cross
Built from the inspiration and hearts of Don and Inez Petersen of Cedaredge,
the couple lovingly conceived, commissioned, and generously donated the Chapel
of the Cross to all who pause in Life to celebrate and honor a deeper connection –
to each other, to the Community, and to the Heart of Our Creator.
This very special gem, located on the grounds of historic Pioneer Town in Cedaredge,
is surrounded by natural beauty and regularly chimes its bells to the community and
visitors. As you enter, you will see a full wall of windows and stained glass panels l
looking through to a large open cross built into a wall just beyond the windows. As an
extension of the chapel, the visible wall has granite panels engraved with inspiring
words of scripture. Open to all during the summer season, the chapel offers quiet respite
to visitors and travelers during the day, and a concert series to enjoy on Thursday
evenings and some Sundays.
The Chapel of the Cross has been the site of a host of lovely weddings, reaffirmations
of marriage vows, special ceremonies, Entertainment, recitals and memorials over the years
since its dedication in 1989.
We welcome all to visit and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful chapel.
The Chapel of the Cross is open to visitors this year from Heritage Day, through
to Color Sunday in the fall, and during Apple Fest, Cedaredge’s largest attended festival
For information on the use
of The Chapel, or The Stolte Shed, call Sara Jane McCully at (970)856-4769 or call
Pioneer Town at (970) 856-7554.