I was born in Colorado Springs. We moved to Durango where I went to school before serving in Germany and then in Viet Nam as a young man. After a period in Arizona we moved back home to Colorado and to Montrose, an area I’d always liked. I’m an accountant, but I also did construction work. I enjoy working with my hands.
I noticed the Museum of the Mountain West one day just driving by and took my first tour 5 years ago, then came back for another with my family. That did it. I was hooked. I volunteered to become a tour guide and show people this incredible collection of America’s western history.
I love giving tours and using history to make a point about life then, today, and tomorrow.
I give tours on Mondays and Saturdays. Let me show you around our American West.
Texas was home when I was a young man. First Galveston, where I was born. Then Houston where I went to High School and to the University of Houston to get my Business Degree. I met and married a wonderful young lady (and still my wife), and one year our vacation was a tour of Colorado. Ouray really struck a chord with us and after several more trips, we moved here and bought a lovely little art gallery and gift shop. But over a decade later, an oil boom in Texas called us back, which was kind of ironic as our daughter was moving to Colorado for work at about the same time. So eventually we came back to the Rockies and settled in Montrose to be near our daughter and all the grandkids. The better part of a decade slid by and I retired (for the third time in my career), this time from the TSA, serving the Montrose Airport.
The Museum feels like home to me. It’s like a constant education. I am always finding something new or learning yet another detail about what’s on display here and about the people who lived this rugged western life. When I give tours, I love seeing how the people soak up all of the information that’s here.
If you would like to join our volunteers please contact Patricia at the Museum at (970) 240-3400