Last updated: 9/19/2012
Berthoud, Colorado
Street Address
224 Mountain Avenue
Berthoud, CO 80513
Mailing Address
PO box 225
Berthoud, CO 80513
Sunday, Wednesday - Saturday1 PM - 4 PM
The Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum hours. For McCarty-Fickel Home Museum hours and information please call 970-532-1916.
Free. Donations Accepted.
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Tara Sikora, Director
phone: 970-532-2147

Exciting events, the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum and the McCarty-Fickel Home house museum combine to educate and entertain members and visitors about the area’s original and ongoing development.

Berthoud, the original settlement of the Little Thompson Valley, is located in Northern Colorado’s Larimer County. The community is named after Capt. Edward L. Berthoud who engineered an extension of the Colorado Central Railroad route from Longmont to Cheyenne in 1877. Influential in the politics of the Colorado Territory, Capt. Berthoud never made his home in the community that now boasts a population of nearly 10,000 residents in the town and outlying rural areas.


Dedicated to a rich rural heritage, the Berthoud Historical Society discovers and preserves the history of the town of Berthoud, Colorado, the Little Thompson Valley Area and the surrounding region.


The Society was organized in 1976 when Dr. R.B. Fickel, Mayor of Berthoud, invited interested persons to meet for the purpose of forming a local historical society. On February 22, 1977, the Berthoud Historical Society came into existence when it was made a corporation by the State of Colorado.

The founders and members of the first board of directors were Dr. Helen Fickel, Dr. R.B. Fickel, Harold Gustafson, O.D. Mayo, Frances Nielson and Al Schmidt. The Fickels were instrumental in securing the historic A.G. Bimson blacksmith shop at 228 Mountain Ave. to serve as the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum.

The operation of the Berthoud Historical Society is financed through membership dues, donations collected from visitors, monetary gifts, and fundraising events. The 12-member board of directors meets monthly. A quarterly newsletter, “The Berthoud History News,” is published to inform members about upcoming events and activities.

Artifact Collections

Items regarding farming in the area.

Educational Programs

Summer camps, kid activities through the year.


Gift Shop

Visitors to the gift shop at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum will discover a selection of regional history books as well as unique Berthoud items that range from calendars and Christmas cards to coffee mugs and catalogs from the Berthoud Farm Project photo exhibit.

kid’s scavenger hunt

Berthoud’s own Katie Essig won the highly-coveted Girl Scout “Gold Award” for constructing a kid’s scavenger hunt for the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum.

Newly Moved Meining Cabin

Come see the newest addition to our backyard, the 1874 Meining Cabin.

Gift Shop

Group Tours

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