‘Railroads, Mills and Quarries’: McFarland to speak on early Colorado City industries

       Westside historian Mel McFarland will talk about the industrial side of Colorado City from the 1870s up to the 20th century Saturday, Feb.16.
       Titled “The Railroads, Mills and Quarries of Old Colorado City,” the presentation will start at 2 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       McFarland writes a historical column for several local weekies (including the Westside Pioneer). With a particular interest in railroads, he has written two books on the Midland Railway and works as a Cog railway conductor.
       His talk will include photos from the early years of Colorado City, illustrating how, in general, the quarries came first, followed by the railroads and then the gold mills.
       “One thing I will concentrate on is the early quarries, because they were such a big business in the late 1860s and early 1870s and yet they are such a mystery,” McFarland said. “Nobody wrote anything down, and there was no newspaper yet.”
       In an earlier presentation at the center, Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m., Frank Macon of World War II's Tuskegee Airmen will discuss his experiences.
       For both talks (Feb. 8 and 16), admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
       For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225.

Westside Pioneer/press release