COBWEB CORNERS: A page in history

By Mel McFarland

       While I was eating breakfast in my favorite spot the other day someone talking about recent news events said, “That is just another page in history.” It made me think about the new page in our history. What would the founders of Colorado City in 1859 say if they could visit this town 150 years later? I would suspect that most of them would be quite pleased with all the changes, but I know they would miss some of their favorite things. There are certainly only a few things remaining from those days.
       I am sure each of us has some unique memory of a particular place or person. It has been my pleasure to attempt to dig a few of these things up and share them, or remind you of them. As the new government in Washington, D.C. gets going, I wonder, What will today's youngsters look back on and remember? What are your favorite memories of childhood? The drugstore soda fountain, Colorado Avenue's saloons, the railroad yards and gold mills and the sounds of a school bell or a steam locomotive, or the chug of a tractor?
       What will this year's graduating seniors remember when they have a 40- or 50-year reunion? Think about it, the generation who said it did not trust anyone over 30 is twice that!
       Will today's children look back fondly on DVD's, iPods, Game Boys, Big Mac's, cheese-filled pizza crusts and things like that? I try to not make predictions, but I would put money on some of these. Right now they surely do not seem like things that will be nostalgic, but then again who would expect the Golden Arches to come back? Just walk into an antique shop and have a look at some of the items they have for sale. I regularly do, and almost always hear someone say, "I used to play with those! If I had only saved one."
       Every now and then my imagination goes wild with how things might look in the future. It might be why I find so much pleasure looking into the past. These are all pages of history.
       You know we just started our sixth year as a paper. I have done about 250 of these columns! I have fun trying to remember what I have written about, and every now and then Kenyon reminds me, "You already did that story." Fortunately there are always the old newspapers to get ideas from.