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Story of the Colman Museum

In 1976, Lois Colman, granddaughter of D.B. Colman, canyon pioneer, realized her dream of preserving the history of Butte Creek Canyon came true, with the opening of the Colman Memorial Community Museum. The museum was financed with the profits of her book "Tailings of Butte Creek Canyon".

Interesting things to see at the Museum:

  • Civil War Memorabilia

  • Gold Mining Equipment

  • Indian Basket Collection

  • Antique Tools

  • Old School Material

  • 1800's Clothing

  • Chinese Artifacts

  • Antique Cooking Utensils

  • New Maidu Exhibit

  • Bridges of Butte Creek Canyon Exhibit

  • Changing Exhibits


Every year, on the first Sunday in June, residents of the Canyon hold the 49er Faire, to raise needed funds for the Museum and Schoolhouse. There you can:

  • make jump ropes

  • visit the crafts fair

  • pan for gold

  • shop in the country store

  • listen to trapper's stories

  • eat goodies at the Bake Sale

  • watch a blacksmith

  • enjoy good food

  • watch spinning demonstrations

  • win prizes at the Raffle

  • listen to live music

  • bid at the Silent Auction

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