The The Tread of Pioneers Museum, founded in 1959, chronicles Steamboat Spring's history, featuring exhibits on Native Americans, Western and rural life, and the Victorian era. Downhill skiing has also been featured periodically. The name of the museum comes from a line in a poem written by John Greenleaf Whittier: I hear the tread of the pioneers of nations yet to be, the first low wash of waves where soon will roll a human sea. The museum has expanded over the years and includes Zimmerman and Utterbeck Houses and a modern addition. Items on display include photographs, memorabilia, documents, and Native American artifacts.