Old Town begins next 150 years

       The crowd wasn't as big as for the sesquicentennial in 2009, but the attendance numbers were still in the hundreds this year for the annual Colorado City Founders' Day in Bancroft Park.

A listener in historic garb takes in the Fountain Creek Brass Band during the Aug. 14 Founders' Day in Bancroft Park.
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Scenes from Founders' Day Aug.; 14 in Bancroft Park...
ABOVE: Tyler Roberts, 4, of Manitou Springs looks for items in the "dig box" provided by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Archeaology Society. Helping him (in hat) is Richard Garcia of the society.
BELOW: Old Colorado City Historical Society volunteers Norma Stull (left) and Kathy McBride were dressed for the occasion in front of the Garvin Cabin.
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       “We guesstimated 150 through the cabin, and we also had high traffic through the museum,” reported Joanne Karlson, an Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) volunteer who helped with the event. “And we certainly had good weather.”
       Founders' Day celebrates the formal creation of Colorado City as a town Aug. 12, 1859.
       Activities included music by the Fountain Creek Brass Band, Victorian dancers, a craft fair, a recreation of the 1860 gunfight between Jim Laughlin and Pat Devlin, guided walking tours from the Old Colorado City Library and a “dig box” by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Archeaology Society.
       The latter group was at the event for the first time. The dig box, which lets children look for hidden items in the dirt in the way an archeaologist would, “was a real big hit with the kids,” said Judy Kilgore, member chair for the society. “One kid came back twice.”
       The group hopes to return for next year's Founders' Day. Laurie Lee, a member at the event, said archeaology fits with the event's historic theme. “You're learning about people by what they left behind.”
       The sesquicentennial, celebrating Colorado City's 150th year, had drawn a large crowd, with a main attraction being the unveiling of the rose-granite monument with eight etchings and matching historical info about the Westside. The monument remains in its place, next to Bancroft's Garvin Cabin.

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