La Junta, Colorado: Museum with Impossible Ceiling

Museum of Native American art features a round gallery with a 40-ton ceiling made of delicately balanced, unsupported logs. Built in 1949. Engineers say it's impossible.

Koshare Museum

Address:
115 W. 18th St., La Junta, CO
Directions:
Koshare Museum. South side of the city, on the west side of Santa Fe Ave., at the intersection of W. 18th St.
Hours:
W, F-M 12-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
719-384-4411
Admission:
Adults: $5.
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Koshare Indian Museum

The Koshare Indian Museum The museum features works of Pueblo and Plains tribal members. The building, located on the Otero Junior College campus, is a museum with an attached kiva that is built with the largest self-supporting log roof in the world. The building was built in 1949. Founded by James F. "Buck" Burshears.

[Joseph Johnson, 09/13/2020]

The "impossible" ceiling is made of 627 short logs stacked atop each other in a circular pattern so that they somehow support themselves. Visitors to the museum have to stand beneath it -- and it weighs over 40 tons -- but it hasn't collapsed in over 60 years.


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