Cake, band in 'low-key' Colorado City Founders Day celebration Aug. 9For the second straight year, the Founders Day celebration will be “low-key,” according to Kathy McBride, co-president of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
The event Saturday, Aug. 9 will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in the OCCHS' Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. .
Free and open to the public, scheduled activities will consist of Civil War-era music by the Time Travelers group, along with refreshments (cake and punch) served by OCCHS volunteers.
The day marks 155 years since the founding of Colorado City. The OCCHS annually recognizes the occasion on the weekend day that's closest to the actual date (Aug. 12, 1859) when Melancthon Beach, Rufus Cable, Anthony Bott and other investors formed the Old Colorado City Company and staked out a claim for a 1,280-acre area on either side of Fountain Creek.
In past years, the OCCHS would rent Bancroft Park for Founders Day events up to six hours long, featuring speakers, dancers, historical reenactors, craft booths and/or multiple bands evoking the spirit and style of the Old West and early Colorado City. The sesquicentennial in 2009 had the added touch of a new monument (the eight-sided structure by the cabin in Bancroft Park, which was funded by OCCHS-gathered donations).
However, over time, the city has raised its fee to rent the park and to provide insurance for it. “It's horrendous,” McBride said.
The OCCHS has also faced recent costs for maintaining its building. The annual expense for Founders Day has been one of the cutbacks. Last year the event, scaled down to three hours, was held at the History Center only, and that's the case again this year, except an hour shorter and with no scheduled speaker.
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