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In the past, ranching was the summit life.   One of those past ranches included the Rice family who operated a 980-acre ranch in Dillon for 70 years.  Not only were they in the ranching industry, but the ranch became an important stop on the Dillon-Kremmling stagecoach line.  The barn (constructed in 1918 to 1920) allowed wagons and stagecoaches to be driven directly in for repairs which still stands today. 

Shortly after Benjamin Rice’s debut as a rancher, he took over the Dillon-Montezuma stage line, got himself elected as county commissioner, purchased Montezuma’s general store, and operated a Dillon saloon.  See our artifacts that depict Summit County’s ranching and farming history.  

  • Friday, August 7
  • 10 AM-12 PM
  • 403 Labonte, Dillon

In the case of adverse weather conditions, the exhibit will be inside the Schoolhouse


All events at the Museum will follow County Public health orders including social-distancing guidelines.  Guests are asked to wear face coverings when inside the Schoolhouse.  Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting and hand sanitizer will be available.