COBWEB CORNERS: A walk on the Avenue: Part 6
By Mel McFarland
This is the last one, in 1918. I have been unable, so far, to put together a list of businesses when this was actually Colorado City. The town had gone through hard times when the Colorado Midland closed and the Midland Terminal took over the railroad yards. Colorado City lost almost 200 residents in the collapse. Colorado Avenue was quite different in 1918.
Sacred Heart Church was not built yet at 21st Street, nor was the grocery store. From here up the Avenue are many houses, except for the coal yard at 2224, the garage at 2307, and the high school in what is now Bancroft Park. Across the street, there are several vacant stores, but City National Bank and the National Hotel are on the north side. I did note that the Post Office was at 2422.1 will have to look and see if I can find just when it moved. Sommers Market, an old name in Colorado Springs, was in the building at 2502. As noted before, there were competitors in this retail category. Perry-Dea Market was at 2506. At 2508, the Red Cross had a branch office. The Colorado Springs Independent was at 2517. It was 1917 when Colorado City was swallowed up by Colorado Springs.
After the Independent, looking up the street is a bit of a shock. Half of the 2500 block and almost the entire 2600 block were vacant! Newell Auto Service was at 2519, but up to Colorado City Iron Works at 2628 were many empty buildings. You might be interested in the Iron Works. Its main business was making and selling iron fences for homes in the area. At one time, Hassell Fences were some of the finest around. Most of the homes had these fences. You can still see some in the area. A few interesting notes here: At 2718 was the El Paso Junk Yard, and the old hotel at 28th was vacant. The Fire Department had not yet moved into the Standard Club at 29th, which was standing vacant.
This walk down the street is more depressing than any of the others, but 1918 was obviously not a good time for Old Colorado City. Looking back, we can see that indeed our part of town was not ready to fade away. It came back in the '20s and got stronger until the '60s, slid a bit, but today is even stronger. Next week: Well, you will just have to wait!