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Koshare Indian Museum
La Junta, Colorado
While searching on the internet for cats in museums, I came across this marvellous description of the former cat at the Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta, Colorado, USA. It dates from 1997:
There is no mention of any cats on the museum's website, but I was pleased to be able to contact Joe Clay, Director of Programs at the Museum and writer of the above account, who in 2007 was still on the staff. Joe told me that Blackie, as she was known, turned up at the museum one day in about 1996, and was there for some two years. Unfortunately she then developed feline leukemia and had to be put down. She lies buried at the base of 'Buck's Tree', a Ponderosa pine tree dedicated to museum founder James Francis 'Buck' Burshears, which stands by the museum entrance. No successor to Blackie was appointed, as the museum's new curator did not approve; and sadly no photographs of Blackie can now be found.
However, Joe kindly sent a second piece of descriptive prose, which is reproduced here:
Very warm thanks to Joe for sharing with us his memories of Blackie, the one and only Koshare Indian Museum cat.
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