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5 Westside buildings among 9 on this year's Holiday Tour to benefit History Center

New on the Holiday Tour this year... Joining the ribbon-cutting for the Nov. 11 grand opening of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) Welcome Center are (from left) OCCA President Julie Fabrizio, Kim McKenna (by fence-post knob), Pam Sherfesee of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, OCCA board member Don Orr, County Commissioner Amy Lathen (with scissors), Welling Clark of the Organization of Westside Neighbors, OCCA board member Heather Joffe and City Councilmember Don Knight. Built in 1899, the Victorian-style building was originally a grocery store and a residence. It was renovated over the past several months after the OCCA bought the property this year to be its headquarters and a place to greet tourists.
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       Five Westside locations, plus three in Manitou and one downtown, will be ready for visitors Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the 20th annual Holiday Tour to benefit the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       All the locations will be historic - either in building age or in what used to be there - and decorated for the occasion.
       Tickets cost $15 before Dec. 1 and $20 after that. For more information, call the Old Colorado City History Center at 636-1225.
       Of the five Westside locations, three are new to the tour:
       - 2South Wine Bar, 2 S. 25th St. (1891, the Templeton House, once the private home of Colorado City developer Henry Templeton).
        - Old Colorado City Welcome Center, 2324 W. Colorado Ave. (1899, formerly a grocery store and residence, now the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group headquarters and tourist greeting facility).
       - Lorig's Western Wear, 2611 W. Colorado Ave. (1904, originally Jacob Schmidt's Saloon).
       Westside sites returning to the tour are:
       - Old Town Guesthouse, 115 S. 26th St. (1997, built with brick to mirror the 1890s city jail/city hall on the site that had burned down in 1990).
       - Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. (1890, built as a Baptist church; the OCCHS bought it and turned it into a museum/ meeting hall/ bookstore in 1997).
       Other offerings on the tour will be the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast (B&B), the Historic Onaledge B&B, Rockledge Country Inn, Red Crags B&B, all in Manitou; and the Hager Home in downtown Colorado Springs.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 11/25/14; Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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