What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I work as a sales clerk in the gift shop at the Ghost Town Wild West Museum.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
Primarily, I help the customers with their purchases. I also help make “Want-ad” posters or news articles in the Ghost Town newspaper (stagecoach robber, pool shark and “I hiked Pikes Peak” or “I discoved the first gold mine” are examples). I set, ink and press the type onto the page. Both the type and the machine are over 100 years old. I also stock the shelves and do inventory.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I’ve worked here for 3 years – 13 on the Westside. I formerly worked for Van Briggle Art Pottery, as an etcher.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
My co-workers and the customers. My first question to customers is, “Where are you from and what brings you here.” That opens up the conversation. I learn about different parts of the country and the world. You get the personal view (good and bad) from people, not just what you read in the paper. The other day, we had someone from the Catskills and her story of her town (a historical town that dated back to the Civil War) that was completely swept away by the tornado and ensuing flood because the dam broke and how the people are dealing with only getting a little help from FEMA. I’ve discovered that the two main tourist attractions here are Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
After considerable thought, I really wouldn’t change anything. I like the people and the flexibility that the owners give me as far as my work hours.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Being a middle school teacher for many years, I felt prepared for this job that deals with all types of children and parents.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The people. I like the diversity, people from all walks of life. The same goes for businesses (from mom-and-pops and franchises to the big-box stores). Working with people on the Westside is always nice. They help if you need a hand, very accommodating and very easy going.
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