COBWEB CORNERS: Schools and street names

By Mel McFarland

       I had a few questions about schools after I talked about the three “modern” schools being built (Cobweb Corners, April 29 Westside Pioneer).
       The oldest known school in Colorado City was a one-room school somewhere on Colorado Avenue. It was replaced by a large school which held all the grades. It was located where Bancroft Park is today. When it became crowded in the 1880s, the first Midland School and Colorado City School opened. Midland was quite a community. Many of the residents worked for the railroad, glass factory, or later in the gold mills. Colorado City School was quickly changed to Whittier.
        As the younger students moved out, the high school had more room. It handled students from eighth grade on. When Colorado City became part of Colorado Springs, El Paso County School District Number 1 was merged into District 11. The high school closed, and for a few years no one knew what to do with the land. It took almost 20 years for the full idea for Bancroft Park to be developed.
       While I am on the subject, There were many scrambles in Colorado City after 1900. The merger with Colorado Springs had lots of problems. One involved street names and house numbers. The streets in Colorado City were renamed and renumbered about 1900 and again in 1917. Most Colorado City streets were given Colorado Springs names. One exception was Colorado Avenue. In Colorado Springs it was known as Huerfano Street. Pikes Peak Avenue was Jefferson in Colorado City.
       Originally the streets with numbers started at the school house block (Bancroft Park). East 1st was 24th, West 1st was 25th, and so on. You can see the confusion there. The renaming changed 24th to 14th and 25th to 15th. You will notice the numbers start at 7th, and there is a short street near 8th called Limit. Limit was where the two cities met.
        Over the years, periodically, Colorado Springs would sort out some of the street names, easing duplication. A few unusual adaptations were when Uintah was extended through the end of the Mesa and when Fillmore was linked to Fontanero. Here is a trivia question for you: Where are 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets? Near Fillmore and Hancock. They were in a town known as Papetown. Ever heard of Glasstown? Some people still call the area Midland Heights.