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History talk: Colorado City Glass Factory and Manitou Mineral Water

       Two local historians will team up Friday, Feb. 14 to tell the intertwined story of the Colorado City Glass Factory and the Manitou Springs Mineral Water Company.
       The presentation by Brenda Hawley of Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections and Deborah Harrison of the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will be at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., starting at 11 a.m.
       The title is "Jerome Wheeler and the Colorado City Glass Factory."
       Admission is free to members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the all-volunteer nonprofit that owns and operates the History Center, but $5 for nonmembers.
       Seating is limited. The doors to the center open at 10:30 a.m.
       A press release states:
       “This program will reveal the relationship between the Colorado City Glass Factory and the Manitou Springs Mineral Water Company during the years of 1888-1893.
       “Both companies were important business enterprises that positively impacted the economies of Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Through actual photographs and historical research, Ms. Hawley will enlighten us on the personalities of the Glass Factory Board of Directors. These men included Jerome Wheeler, Louis Ehrich, Joel Addison Hayes, General Charles Adams and Adolphus Busch.
       “The program will also include the topics of bottle production, impact on Colorado City, the relationship between the Glass Factory and area railroads, child labor issues and the competition with foreign bottle producers.”

From a press release
(Posted 2/3/14)