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Don Ellis speaks on Red Rock Canyon at Pikes Peak Posse dinner Feb. 9

       Local historian and Red Rock Canyon specialist Don Ellis will speak on the “History Along the Hogbacks” at the monthly gathering of the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Monday, Feb. 9.
       The presentation will be preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 1130 Panorama Drive.
       The public is invited. The catered dinner preceding the presentation costs $17. Advance reservations are necessary at 473-0330.
       In 2010, Ellis co-authored a book titled “Geologic Folio: Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado.”
       In his talk, he will “examine surviving evidence of historic activity along the hogbacks west and south of the original Colorado City,” a press release states. “This will include an illustrated literal tour of hogback-area enterprises from before the first settlement, up through the creation of Red Rock Canyon Open Space, which now includes much of the area. Topics will include Ute fortifications, quarries, mines, the Bear Creek water line, Palmer Boulevard and the Bock family.”
       Formed in 1976, the Pikes Peak Posse is an “outfit” (chapter) in an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is “fun and scholarship related to the American frontier West,” according to a Posse brochure.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/28/15; Outdoors: Red Rock Canyon)

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