The history of Fowler — from the time pioneers came in and settled there — is being preserved inside the walls of the town's museum on North Main Street.

In one corner of the Fowler Historical Society & Museum is a display of saddles made by Fowler people. In another, there's a collection of livestock brands from local ranchers that have been collected over the years. There also is a large tree stump that had a rifle stuck in it that was found south of Pueblo County, a display with old-time farm and ranch tools, old newspapers from The Fowler Tribune, a collection of arrowheads found near Fowler and a schoolhouse setting with old Fowler High School yearbooks on display that people like to come look at to see what their relatives looked like when they were attending school.

And that's just some of the displays at the museum.

"Our whole goal here is to preserve Fowler's history and use it for education purposes," said Monti Mccanless, president of the museum. "Everything inside the museum has come from Fowler people. We have a lot of business history, history of the town, a kitchen section, a military section, a farm and ranch section. And we have all the newspapers from The Fowler Tribune."

The newspapers have kept Mccanless busy lately, as she's been engaged in a project to collect obituaries from it.

"My goal right now is I'm working at finding obits for everybody in Fowler Cemetery," Mccanless said. "I think there are about 5,000 there and I have about 4,000 obits. It's something I work on daily. We started collecting the obits because we have a lot of people that call in wanting genealogies, so they want the obits, and then I realized how many we have that say were buried in Fowler, but City Hall has no record. It (the cemetery) was privately owned for many years and then the city took over, so there's years that are just missing."

Mccanless said that to her, Fowler's history centers on the pioneers who came to the town and how they lived.

"We still have a lot of the same families here," she said. "The history is really what brought people here and how it's changed."

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and tours can be made by appointment. To do so, call 568-0530.