Howbert relocated to cabin to get warm
People walking by the restored cabin in Bancroft Park may not realize that in the early 1870s it was the office for El Paso County.
In fact, early Pikes Peak region leader (then county clerk) Irving Howbert chose the site because it was so cold in the county's original Colorado City building that “the ink froze in the bottles.”
That story is part of Howbert's book, “Memories of a Lifetime in the Pike's Peak Region,” which has just been republished by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). A ceremony, featuring Howbert's grandson - also named Irving Howbert - will be Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
The event is free. The public is invited
Here is a passage from the book explaining the move to the cabin/office (which was then a couple of blocks west of its current location):
“The [original] Clerk's office was not plastered and, notwithstanding the fact that there was a big stove in the center, it was most uncomfortable. Ink froze in the bottles almost every night during the time I occupied the room. Some months later, this condition having become almost unbearable, I persuaded the county commissioners to rent an adjacent log cabin and move my office into it. Although less pretentious, it was much warmer and more comfortable in every way than the room I vacated… and in its two rooms was transacted all the business of El Paso County for the next two or three years.”
The OCCHS oversaw a grant to restore the old cabin three years ago.
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