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The Columbine Bar: Two-thirds dive bar, one-third museum

Watering hole has been running since the very early 20th century

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The Columbine Bar – dating to either 1903 or 1910 – is one of the oldest in Colorado. From left, Dian Law, Betsy Harrison, and Holly Cruser, take a break from cleaning it in 2013.
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A plaque outside the bar explains how notorious it once was. Suffice to say things have calmed down considerably there over the last century.
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The wall behind The Columbine’s Stage serves as part of a “Museum Without Walls” dedicated to Mancos’ cowboy days.