A guest of the Red River Museum was recently overheard saying, “I never dreamed a small community would have such a complete museum.” That thought is echoed as visitors casually stroll through the museum carefully observing exhibits, including prehistoric artifacts, mill stones, railroad memorabilia, old engine parts, buildings, tools, and countless other fascinating objects, including the original bank building which houses the museum.
October is your last opportunity to visit this intriguing site on weekends because it will close for the season on October 31. From then until the first of May, the museum is only open by appointment.
The Red River Historical Society was formed by a group of local citizens in 1965 in order to investigate the possibility of collecting artifacts and preserving them for future generations. That initial group included: Glyn Rogers, Steve Bentley, Enoch Bentley, Carliss Bentley, Jimmy Bentley, Larry Meadows, Linville Pasley, George Pasley, Billy and Jerlene Rose, Jerry Rose, and Forest Meadows.
Larry Meadows explains, “We decided that we needed to house the artifacts that we had collected in a permanent building. We first used the Old Lodge Hall in Clay City until we could move them to the Clay City National Bank. The museum was established and opened to the public in July of 1967.”