Revitalization plaque gone from Old Town ‘horse alley’

       A metal plaque in the 2500 block of West Colorado Avenue commemorating the historically themed revitalization of Old Colorado City is missing and apparently has been stolen.
       This is the second time such a theft has occurred there since the original plaque was screwed into the wall in 1983, according to Dave Hughes of The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       He said the OCCHS will replace the plaque.
       The location was on the east wall of a narrow walkway that goes between two buildings and connects the avenue with the parking lot behind them. In early Colorado City, it had been a “horse alley” - so named because cowboys could traverse them with their horses.
       The alley is identified by an arch titled “Brent Path.” This identifies Gene Brent, an early revitalization leader who deeded the land to the city for the purpose. It had previously been part of the gun shop he ran at 2516 W. Colorado Ave. from 1975 to 1983.
       Early Colorado City had numerous such alleys, Hughes said. By the 1970s, all of these had been filled in. Hughes said addresses on the avenue ending in “1/2” or “¾” identify locations that may once have had horse alleys.
       The plaque reads: “The original Colorado City - founded August 13, 1859 - First Territorial Capital 1861 - National Historic District 1983. Old Colorado City Historical Society.”
       According to Hughes, there used to be plaques throughout Old Colorado City commemorating the success of the revitalization effort of the late '70s and early '80s, but they gradually disappeared over the years.
       A plaque on a path similar to Brent's is named the “Dave Hughes Cyberpath” (between the same parking lot and 25th Street).

Westside Pioneer article