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Cross Orchards Museum

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1909. 3073 F Rd. (NR)

On 243 acres acquired by heirs of the Red Cross Shoe fortune, the Red Cross Land and Fruit Company was formed in 1909 as a demonstration scientific orchard. Unimpressed, coddling moths and woolly aphids chewed up the profits of one of Colorado's largest apple orchards, which was subsequently subdivided and sold at auction in 1923. Farm buildings, including a huge, stepped-gabled barn, a blacksmith shop, a bunk-house, and packing sheds, have been preserved in a 24-acre museum, which exhibits vintage road building equipment and horsedrawn farm machinery. The original Farm-house was razed, but the summerhouse stands. This branch site of the Museum of Western Colorado is now hemmed in by new subdivisions.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Cross Orchards Museum", [Grand Junction, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 509-509.

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