One of the most unsung attractions in the Drumheller Valley makes the news this week for the wrong reasons.
The Homestead Antique Museum on North Dinosaur Trail was broken into late Monday night, October 2.
"I received a phone call at my house in the middle of the night: when I got here it was dark and I didn't see anything untowards," recalled museum manager Gilles Danis. "Tuesday morning I came here and I noticed that the glass on one of the cases had been broken and four antique weapons had been stolen."
The antique handguns date back as far as the American Civil War. They are:
Remington New Model Army Revolver. Serial # 50744
Remington New Line Number 4. Serial # 11990
Smith & Wesson Top Break .32 Double Action. Serial # 126797
Webley Mark VI. Serial # 386897
Danis is particularly upset about the loss of the Civil War era Army revolver, which he thinks was probably brought north by a former soldier turned cowboy in the years following the war.
"The gun that we have is incomplete: those were cap and ball guns, you had a ramrod to ram the ball in and the ramrod is broken," he noted. "It's missing the handle covers, they were wood and they rotted away."
"Those are not modern guns: you're not going to be able to go and buy another one like that," complained Denis. "If somebody notices these guns trying to be pawned off or sold, they are hot, don't buy them."
If you can help get the stolen firearms back into the museum's hands, call the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).