Frontier Museum In Monticello, Utah
- Date Visited: May 25, 2021
- Address: 216 S Main St Monticello, Utah 84535 USA
- Phone: (435) 587-3401
- Hours: Daily 9 AM-6 PM (Hours may change seasonally)
- Price: Free
The Frontier Museum is housed in an historic barn that was once used as storage for the L. H. Redd Mercantile. The barn was moved from its original site by the Monticello Foundation and restored to house the museum. Inside the museum the original post and beam construction of the barn is still visible.
The museum offers visitors a glimpse of frontier life as it was lived on the Great Sage Plain 100 years ago. Exhibits on vintage clothing and household items can be found inside. A very cool display featuring an old telephone operator switchboard and vintage telephones was my favorite. Native American artifacts, local minerals and rocks and a display on the Home of Truth can also be viewed.
Connected to the museum is the Southeast Utah Welcome Center sometimes referred to as the Monticello Utah Welcome Center. The welcome center has a ton of free informational brochures and pamphlets on the Four Corners Area of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and most of the state of Utah. They also have a small gift shop. The woman working the counter was super friendly and extremely helpful answering all our questions.
The star of this visitor center though is the massive model on display representing the city of Monticello. All hand-made by a local artist it’s a exquisite exhibit showcasing this charming small town.
After touring the museum and browsing the welcome center make sure to check out the building next door before leaving. This is the home of the Big Four Tractor. Built in 1912 (maybe 1913) by the Emerson-Brantingham Company this large piece of machinery is an important part of the towns farming history.
The 22,725-pound, 4-cylinder gas tractor has been restored to it’s former glory and is quite impressive. There are only a handful of Big-4’s left in the world and only a few that still run. Every year this one is started up and driven in the 4th of July parade.
If driving through Monticello I suggest you take an hour of your time and check out these little attractions. A lot of great history is presented in one spot and you can’t beat free!