COBWEB CORNERS: History: Answers lead to questions

By Mel McFarland

       I do hope that you enjoy reading about events of the past that I share here. If you have been here long enough, you have seen many of the changes I talk about. When I was teaching school, it was obvious that most of the children really had no idea how close our history is. Many of the elementary teachers get into local history, but it was at the middle school and high school where teachers really tried to give them a look at local history. I have been out of their realm for some ten years now. I am not sure what CSAP has done to teaching local history, but I am sure it has taken a back seat to more important events, as seen by Denver.
       I know there is an interest in our history, I see it every time I visit the Old Colorado City History Center's museum, down on Pikes Peak and 24th. I see it when I go to the library. And I see it when I get comments about this or that story here at the paper. I want to thank all of you who have done so. It is also fun when, as I have said here in the past, I can sneak up on a good conversation about our history at some of our local eating establishments, even Wal-Mart! That is more difficult these days, with my picture at the top of this column. When I was recently spotted, I was asked, "Are you going to do a story about this?" Well, that is hard to say; it just depends upon what ideas come up!
       When I started writing columns, I had another goal. I was looking to answer questions that I had about our community's history. You know, after ten years, I still have a bunch of unanswered questions. I have learned a lot about our history, but things keep on changing and happening. I recently was asked about the old smokestack where Gold Hill Mesa is now. It struck me that with all the developments at Fort Carson and all around us, there are so many things to share with you, even recent things. For many of us, the Golden Cycle mill was part of our family history. I had relatives that worked there up until the last day. To me, that is a reminder of that part of history. I do not think of it as an industrial scar.
       I do limit myself to events up to the 1970's, with a few exceptions now and then. That is one of the things I really like about the Westside Pioneer. It has modern history that you do not see anywhere else. You can get a real good history lesson just reading this paper, but unless this is the first copy you have picked up, you already know that!