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Photos: Postcards from a local road
School house
The old Marble High School building houses the museum and is on the National Register of Historic Place - photo by Lynn Duane Burton

The Marble Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through leaf changing season. Admission $3 or $2; ringing the school bell from an upstairs classroom is free. Located 20-30 miles west of Aspen or Basalt as your personal crow flies, or in an automobile about 40 to 60 miles west via Highways 82 and 133, and Gunnison County Road 3. Dirt streets in Marble not recommended for Ferraris, Lambos, Maseratis or newer model Corvettes.

Slow Groovin’ BBQ just down the street from the museum with outside tables and inside bar and dish TVs. Elevation 7,950 feet, same as Aspen. Another Aspen connection: The Marble Community Church was first built in Aspen in the 1890s, then later loaded onto a railroad flat car and hauled to Marble when that town was booming, and Aspen was sadly settling into its “Quiet Years.”

While you’re in Marble: The remains of the old quarter-mile long Colorado Yule Marble Company fabricating plant along the Crystal River makes for a pleasant stroll. As of July 21, the Marble Museum guest book shows signatures of folks from 20 states and two countries (Switzerland and the Philippines). Dogs are welcome at the museum, although there are no paw prints in the book.

The Marble Museum is owned and operated by the Marble Historical Society in the historic Marble High School building. To get there, just follow the signs.