|Fans of comics and cowboys, connoisseurs of drawing and painting, and anyone wanting a unique look at a special Pagosan should be sure to take the short jaunt west from downtown Pagosa Springs to the Fred Harman Art Museum, located just south of the intersection of U.S. 160 and Piedra Road.
The museum is also the former home of the famed artist and cartoonist who used his early experience as a cowboy growing up on his father’s homestead to create his original art.
Fred Harman garnered worldwide distinction with his Red Ryder and Little Beaver comic strip, which, from 1938 until 1964, was read by 45 million devoted followers in more than 750 newspapers on three continents. The comic was also turned into numerous movies and commercial products, furthering the Red Ryder fame.
Harman was also honored with inclusion in The Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Cowboy Artists of America Association and, in 1958, he was presented with Sertoma’s “American Way of Life” award as Colorado’s outstanding citizen.
The museum features a wide-ranging display of Harman’s paintings, drawings, a collection of memorabilia from his long and eventful life, as well as rodeo, movie and western memorabilia.