History Center hosts open house on Bock family memorabilia

       The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will host an open house Saturday, March 2, featuring artifacts, rare family photos, news articles and architectural drawings/plans representing the legacy of the Bock family, the last private owners of the Red Rock Canyon property.
       The event is free and open to the public at any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. OCCHS staff will be on hand to answer questions.
       John G. Bock moved to the Pikes Peak region in 1923 and over the years gradually acquired the land we know as Red Rock Canyon. In 2003, the City Council voted to purchase the 789-acre property and convert it to open space.
       According to Dave Hughes, a local historian who recently authored two articles on the Bock family's Red Rock Canyon legacy in the Westside Pioneer, the open house will have “so much stuff it will cover several tables.” Included will be Bock relics from Hughes' personal collection as well as recent documents and photos from John G. Bock's younger son Richard. Born in 1923 and now living in Arizona, Richard, a career architect, designed a major development for Red Rock about 40 years ago, in conjunction with his brother John S. (now deceased), but the project plan never gained approval from local governments.
       During a November phone call with the Westside Pioneer, Richard said he believes his “Red Rock Canyon project would have been better for the community” than the city buying it as open space. “It would have gotten rid of the taxes.”

Westside Pioneer/press release