Your visit to southern Colorado is not complete without a stop at the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum to view the outstanding collection of western genre paintings by Arthur Roy Mitchell, Harvey Dunn, Harold Von Schmidt and other painters as well as antique saddles, old west artifacts, Navajo rugs, American Indian pottery, Hispanic religious art and artifacts and historical photography. Your suggested donation of $5 will enable you to enjoy the massive collection located in the historic western setting of the old Jamieson's Dry Goods Store in downtown Trinidad, Colorado that features original antique tin ceilings and a grand horseshoe shaped mezzanine. During the 1870's and 1880's Trinidad was the headquarters of the largest cattle and sheep corporation in the state of Colorado. A booming cow town filled with cowboys, cowhands and ranchers, Trinidad's streets and neighboring towns were home to the horses, cattle and beloved cowboys and cowgirls that Mitchell would paint and immortalize throughout his career. Mitchell was not just an artist who painted the cowboy as a hero, he actually was a cowboy spending time as a ranch hand. He also traveled to nearby Santa Fe, New Mexico to tour many Indian pueblos including Tesuque, Santa Clara, San Idelfonso, San Juan and Taos. Mitchell's life growing up immersed in the last golden days of the old west set the stage for his love of all things western and his artistic talent and training allowed him to become one of the most influential cowboy artists of his time in the great tradition of Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell.