A lot of potential

New director, Tom Mesnik, sees potential for growth and community building at Carbon County Museum


October 13, 2022

Joshua Wood

Tom Mesnik, left, is introduced by Carbon County Museum Board Member Larry Moore during a meet-and-greet on October 5 in Rawlins. Mesnik took over as the permanent director on September 19.

Within the walls of the Carbon County Museum, a variety of exhibits await for visitors to offer a glimpse into the history of Rawlins and the county itself. A 55-foot long fire truck powered by a tractor motor, a sandstone bathtub and a concrete marker from the Old Lincoln Highway are just a few of the highlights.

On October 5, however, the main point-of-interest was the new director of the museum, Tom Mensik. Standing over six-and-a-half feet tall, Mensik isn't hard to spot in a room. Though his height may seem daunting, the Denver native is welcoming and easy to talk to. Something that li...

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