15 Grand Summer Adventures
As the snow melts and the rivers swell in Grand County, our thoughts turn to the simple pleasures of summer... like these...
The Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum opened in July 2015. Located in a room of the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal of Granby/Grand County Airport, the museum’s displays, photographs and artifacts tell the fascinating story of flying in Grand County.
One exhibit in the small, free museum is the Granby Airport Pioneers Wall of Fame. The Wall honors the local citizen volunteers who in the 1930s began the airport and continued to volunteer their time and talent to improve and maintain the community airport.
A second exhibit is the local military aviation section. This display documents the important local, historic connections of famed aviator, Charles Lindbergh & the Knight Ranch airfield (under Granby Lake), as well as President Eisenhower, a pilot, and frequent visitor to Fraser.
Other local military pilots are examined: WWII US Army Air Cadet, Robert Polhamus, Grand County’s war first casualty; the late Chuck Orlusky of Fraser, who painted WWII B-29 nose art; and other Grand County military pilots. A unique donation to view at the museum is a set of aviation cuff links owned by famed aviator, Howard Hughes.
A third section of the museum is dedicated to the history of Rocky Mountain Airways (RMA). Exhibit items include the personal reflections and baggage claim tag for the first flight on July 20, 1973 (donated by the Nesbitt-Stull family). Adjacent is the RMA Captain’s jacket of Ed Belding, the pilot of that first flight (see photo). RMA route information, original time table for scheduled flights and costs are framed for museum visitors to view and appreciate.
For more information, visit the Grand County Historical Society website.