Fundraising going well for monument in Bancroft
The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) is closing in on a goal to raise $12,000 for the monument it plans to place in Bancroft Park this summer.
A $5,000 grant from the Ackerman Fund (a branch of the El Pomar Fund), plus private donations, have raised the total so far to $8,968, OCCHS President Joanne Karlson said at a “kickoff” event March 15 for Colorado City's sesquicentennial (150-year) celebration. “It's wonderful to have that local support,” she told a crowd of about 75 people in the society-owned Historic Center, 1 S. 24th St.
The rose-granite monument, six feet tall and etched with eight historically informative panels of graphics and text about Colorado City, is to be created by the Wilhelm Monument Company during the coming months and unveiled for Founders' Day in Bancroft Park. Scheduled Aug. 8 this year, the annual event commemorates the official beginning of Colorado City Aug. 13, 1859.
Also introduced at the kickoff was Johnny Johnson, a local graphics specialist who donated his services in drawing the images for the monument. “It was my pleasure working on this project,” he said.
Dave Hughes, treasurer of the OCCHS, used the occasion to announce that he has recently purchased the march music for the old Midland railroad's band. The music, the wherabouts of which was unknown until recently, came to Hughes' attention through a relative of his, he said. He added that he has contacted local band leader Ed Nuccio in the hopes of having the march played at this year's Founders' Day.
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