EDITORíS DESK: Red Rock and the Bocks
Dave Hughes is probably correct when he writes in his article this issue that not many people realize the Bocks' legacy in consolidating and conserving the property we now know as Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
Dave is one of few who got to know that legacy first-hand (as he will discuss some more in Part 2, due to run in the Jan. 24 Westside Pioneer). That familiarity has brought tangible benefits to the Old Colorado City Historical Society - a result of Dave buying a significant portion of John G. Bock's Old West museum artifacts and then donating them to the society.
I'm grateful to Dave for being willing to write these pieces. At age 85, he is the first to say that he's not the physical specimen he was back in the days he tramped with relentless good humor through Old Colorado City and led many of the upgrades we still enjoy today. But I suspect that's all just a front. He hammered out both stories in record time, with no shortcuts on clarity and accuracy, then took the matter a step further, talking the Historical Society into holding a special recognition day for the Bocks in March.
I should probably insert here that Richard Bock, the younger son of John G., was the real catalyst for all this. As a subscriber to the Westside Pioneer (living in Arizona now), he sent me, unexpectedly, a mailing a few weeks ago that included architectural designs, photocopies and recollections from his life. It was in discussing the best course for these documents that Dave got to talking about the lack of recognition for the Bocks and the story idea emerged. The timing seems right too: 10 years since the open-space purchase, a new master plan approved. Of course, it's also true that the Bocks aren't unknown to all. Some still remember the landfill and the shotgun threats to trespassers. Well, now you're finding out the rest of the story.