EDITOR’S DESK: On replacing the plaque
“It's time the good guys won again.”
That was the gloomy closing line in this space Jan. 12, after the historic plaque vanished - most likely the work of metal thieves - from its 76-year spot on a stone slab in front of 2818 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
To be honest, I wasn't sure exactly what I meant at the time. It would have been great, for example, if that flat piece of etched bronze had turned up intact. But it didn't. It would also have been some kind of retribution if the perpetrators of the theft had been caught. But they weren't.
Instead, we've got the old-fashioned, tried-and-true sort of "good guys" - the people from the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) deciding it would not do to leave that stone slab empty and taking on the job themselves. As OCCHS President Sharon Swint explains it in the story this issue, the volunteer organization simply put out the word to its membership and within half a year enough money had been raised.
Nor is the group planning some big Spirit of the Springs type of extravaganza for installing the new plaque. The only invitees to the event Oct. 28 are the neighbors, the donors, the companies involved in fabricating the piece and the OCCHS board of directors. I had to ask Sharon if she wanted me to even mention it in the paper. Thankfully, she was OK with that. So any of you who find this subject interesting are welcome to drop by. Obviously, the slab/plaque is on a public right of way, so it's not as though it would be a secret in any case. It's just that, with it having been stolen once already, there's an undeniable concern about blaring the news so loudly that metal thieves will hear... and come back again. In a way, it parallels the 1860s, when that site was a fort and the settlers inside weren't sure what would happen to them. They had courage then. Today, the OCCHS is showing courage of another kind.