Video about Colorado City-raised Lon Chaney
The story of legendary Hollywood actor Lon Chaney, who grew up in the 500 block of West Bijou Street, will be told in a 1 ˝-hour video at the Old Colorado City
History Center Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m..
The program, free to the public (though a $2 donation is requested), will begin at 11 a.m. at the center, 1 S. 24th St.
Chaney was born in Colorado Springs in 1883, to deaf parents. His grandparents had founded the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, according to a recent article by area writer Leland Feitz in West Word, the publication of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). Chaney attended Westside schools only through the fourth grade, dropping out to help his father, a barber, care for his mother when she became bed-ridden, Feitz relates.
Chaney's successful transition from silent pictures to the “talkies” earned him international stardom. He is still known as “the man of a thousand faces.”
The program will last until about 12:30. People are encouraged to bring sack lunches if they wish. Beverages will be available.
For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225.
From a press release