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Denver City Heritage Museum

The Denver City Heritage Museum is a result of the United States of America's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976.  Communities all over the country joined together to celebrate 200 years of our nation's birth.

As part of Denver City's preparation for the celebration, Hazel Akin was appointed the Bicentennial Chairman.  One result of this appointment was our ongoing Fourth of July celebration each year. The local community came together to have a substantial bar-b-que that July 4, 1976, at Stuffy Moorehead Park with everyone participating and enjoying various events, including speakers, music and food.

Because of the bicentennial celebration, individuals were asked to put money into a community project.  These funds helped build a bike trail, benches for the downtown area, and other nice additions to the town.  After these various projects, $544.54 was left in the account. That money was placed in savings and accumulated interest until 1985.  

The last idea in the bicentennial community project plan was a museum.  When a location became available for the museum, the old elementary building, the money was taken out and used to begin the final piece of the initial project. The original directors and interested parties worked hard to get it started, and the Denver City Heritage Museum was incorporated on March 11, 1985.  The Museum at first had one room and then added two more when the library was remodeled. 

Membership in the Museum was solicited - both yearly or lifetime - and memorials were encouraged.  As growth continued, it was known that more room would be needed.  In January, 1991, the east wing, of what had by then become the Civic Center Building, became available and Denver City/Yoakum County was petitioned for that space. The Museum then became five show rooms, an office, a store and quilting rooms.

In 2013, it became necessary to tear down the old elementary building where the Museum was housed.  The City purchased additional lots at the corner of North Avenue B and West 2nd Street and a new Denver City Heritage Museum was constructed.   

Located at 117 N. Ave. B, the Denver City Heritage Museum is available for those wanting to study, learn and enjoy the history of our community and area.  Come check it out!