The museum, with its 22 historic buildings, once again brings Western movies to life with its annual event, this year spotlighting the real Sons of Katie Elder – the Marlow brothers.
The Saturday June 9 event will include live music, vendors, old-fashioned games and kids’ activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, east of Montrose on Colorado 50. There will be horse-training and blacksmithing exhibits on. A rug weaver will demonstrate the settler’s skills, and visitors can get their pictures taken in the silhouettes of Charley, George and Martha Marlow. There also will be carriage rides, gunfights and Western skits.
For the past three year, Museum Director Richard Fike has chosen a movie that is in some way connected to the Western Slope. Last year's event spotlighted The Virginian television show.
The story of the Marlow brothers is very complex, involving horse thievery, murder and justice, climaxing with three dead brothers – and the two brothers who moved to Ridgway two years before the town was incorporated.
The interesting story of the Marlow brothers and how they become a local family that still lives in the area today will be told by guest speaker Jim Pettengill, a freelance writer and photographer.
Joining him will be writer Joyce Hartman, who also has written the story of the Marlows.
The classic John Wayne' movie based on the historic family, The Sons of Katie Elder, will be showing all day in the museum's main building.
It will be an interesting, educational and fun day for the whole family, Fike said.
The event costs $10 for adults and $5 for school-age children. A family (immediate members only) can enjoy the event for $25.
For more information, visit www.mountainwestmuseum.com.