The Mt. Sopris Historical Society
A brief history

The Mt. Sopris Historical Society (MSHS) 
was chartered in 1984, by a group of concerned 
citizens, some of them descendants from 
original homesteading families, who felt an 
urgent need to preserve Carbondale’s historic 
buildings and stories of its early residents. 

To preserve the Thompson House and 
other MSHS assets and to educate the public
by bringing to life the stories of families,
ranchers, merchants and miners who built 
their lives in the Roaring Fork and Crystal 
River Valleys, by collaborating with regional 
groups in promoting cultural heritage 
tourism and by celebrating the legacy of 
our community heritage. 

To preserve and communicate the enduring 
story of  the people drawn to live in the 
Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys. 

MSHS own and operates the Historic 
Log Cabin and the Old Jailhouse and is the 
steward of the Thompson House Museum.
MSHS owns and cares for the contents of the
Thompson House Museum and other artifacts
and archives donated by the community. 
MSHS also maintains  a research library
comprised of local history books, memoirs 
and narratives.