Bock-era Red Rock resident to speak at History Center

       Chelley Gardner-Smith, who lived in Red Rock Canyon before it was a city open space, will talk about those times at the Old Colorado City History Center Tuesday, April 6.
       Titled “Red Rock Canyon Memories,” the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The center, which is run by the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), is at 1 S. 24th St.
       Also coming next week at the center will be:
  • Friday, April 9 at 11 a.m. - “History of the Census,” by OCCHS member Phil McDonald. The presentation is timed to coincide with the 2010 census, which was mailed to U.S. residents recently.
  • Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m. - city-contracted architect Steve Obering will disuss the recently published “Historic Westside Design Guidelines,” for which he was the principal author.
           For all three talks, there is no charge, but donations are welcome.
           The April 6 talk is sponsored by the volunteer Friends of Red Rock Canyon, which works with the city to take care of the nearly 800-acre property west of 31st Street.
           Smith will discuss “the late John S. Bock - the man and his wife who wore only white, their bomb shelter, his shotgun, the many no-trespassing signs, his long-lost son and his parents' woe at the building of Highway 24,” states an article in the Friends' current issue of their quarterly newsletter, the Red Rock Rag. Smith will also talk about “the well water she drank, the wildlife she encountered there and the wonderful house she lived in, which was said to have originally been a stagecoach stop. There are many photos of the original house which still tell a story.”
           For more information, call 447-0424 or go to
           To reach the History Center, call 636-1225.

    From a press release/the Red Rock Rag