Program on 1st El Paso County sheriff at OCC History Center April 9John Wesley Anderson will speak on “Rankin Scott Kelly, First Sheriff of El Paso County” Saturday, April 9 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the program will begin at 11 a.m. and last about an hour.
The center is owned and operated by the volunteer OCCHS. Admission for non-members is $5. Light refreshments will be served.
Anderson, a former El Paso County sheriff himself, will tell the story of Kelly, who ran away from home at age 14, fearing that he'd killed another boy.
Kelly was El Paso's sheriff from 1861 to 1867. “After stepping down as sheriff he sold his land to General Palmer and rode off into the sunset,” an OCCHS press release states. “The end of the story will surprise and thrill you.”
For more information, call 636-1225 or go to the center/museum. Winter hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Westside Pioneer/press release