OCCHS monument back at Parks Board
The Colorado Springs Parks Advisory Board will again discuss the proposed Colorado City historical monument in Bancroft Park at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the City Parks offices at 1401 Recreation Way.
The monument will be funded entirely by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), as part of its sesquicentennial celebration of Colorado City's founding. The board conceptually approved the plan in December
Matt Mayberry, Parks director of cultural services, said this week he is proposing board approval of the project, with text changes that he has made to go with graphic designs proposed by the OCCHS.
OCCHS Treasurer Dave Hughes, who had written the original text, expressed annoyance at two of Mayberry's changes, which he called “political correctness.” One was to delete the name of Colonel John Chivington from the monument panel about the Union's Civil War victory at Glorieta Pass that used (in part) soldiers from Colorado City and in which Chivington was the commander. In another panel, Mayberry decided to take out a statement that “hostile Indians” were on the plains. Mayberry said Chivington is a sensitive name because he was also the commander at the Sand Creek Indian battle that some historians have called a massacre.
As for the “hostile” Indian reference, Mayberry asked, “Why were the Cheyenne and Arapaho hostile? Well, in part because of the violation of the 1851 treaty guaranteeing them land on the plains.”
“Our job is to put it as the board would support it,” he said. “And in my opinion, this is what they would want.”
Approval will allow the OCCHS to have a contractor begin construction of the monument, with the goal of having it ready for the 150th Founders Day in August.
To donate to the project's expense of up to $15,000, contact the OCCHS. The phone is 636-1225. Additional information is on the website: history.oldcolo.com.
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