Junction ‘OK’ in first year

       Discovery Junction - a historically focused sub-event of Territory Days - went reasonably well for its first year, according to its participants. An estimated thousand or more stopped by the tipi and booths set up in the parking lot at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue.

Rock Ledge Ranch lead interpreter Elizabeth Barber (right) and former docent Caitlin Horton dressed historically for Discovery Junction.
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       But in future years, it needs to attract more people and clarify whether its purpose is to entertain or to fundraise, commented Dave Hughes of the Old Colorado City Historical Society, who spent most of the three days portraying legendary Old Town bartender Jacob Schmidt and telling visitors about the Westside's colorful past.
       Other “Junction” participants were the Historic District Merchants (HDM) of Old Colorado City and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
       Nancy Stovall of the HDM agreed that the effort needs some fine-tuning. “For the first year, it was OK, but we need to work on getting more activities and getting people to know there are activities,” she said. “It's always tough to get people off the main racetrack.”
       Ron Wright, president of Rock Ledge Ranch's volunteer Living History Association (LHA), had the most enthusiastic take, describing Discovery Junction as a “huge success.” The Rock Ledge contribution, aided by the Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG), included American Indian representatives and dancers near the ranch's tipi and chuckwagon, historical interpreters in period dress, displays of old-time work activities (such as hand-built construction, lace-making and rope- making) and live music with square dancers. He noted, however, that in terms of Rock Ledge fundraising, the event only brought in $100.
       Discovery Junction was created as a subset of Territory Days this year in an effort to give it a stronger tie to the event's (and the Westside's) heritage. “That was our goal,” Stovall said. “The people that came inside appreciated the little bit of history we were able to bring to them.”

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