New ‘Junction’ adds history to T-Days

       A free pocket of frontier history will be on view for Territory Days visitors this year in the Old Town Plaza parking lot, at the southwest corner of Colorado Avenue and 25th Street.
       Called Discovery Junction, the event within an event is sponsored by the Historic District Merchants (HDM) of Old Colorado City, a consortium of retail-shop owners.
       It will feature displays and hands-on activities by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site throughout the May 29-31 event. Included will be historic photos from the OCCHS and two restored teepees and a “Pikes Peak or Bust” chuckwagon from Rock Ledge. Interpretation will be provided by historically costumed volunteers from both organizations.
       Docents from the ranch will also lead activities such as rope-making and a candy scramble (an old-time way for groups of children to seek candy in piles of hay). OCCHS representatives plan to enact stories depicting characters from Old Town's past.
       “I think people will be glad to see it and will find it interesting,” said HDM member Nancy Stovall. “We've heard people who come to Territory Days asking about the history of the area.”
       As at past Territory Days, Rock Ledge and the OCCHS will also have presences elsewhere during the event - ranch blacksmiths in Bancroft Park and OCCHS members at the Bancroft cabin and in the History Center that they own and maintain at 1 S. 24th St.

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