Regional travel modes through the years

       RIGHT: Mel McFarland (far right, answering a question from fellow local historian Merrel Folsom), gave two well-attended presentations May 11 at the Old Colorado History Center, titled “Getting Around in the Pikes Region.” Some of the methods used over the years, he described, have been burros, carriages (including horse-drawn taxis), trains, wagons, streetcars, motorbikes, buses and cars. LEFT: Early-20th century motorists/tourists would often camp for days in undeveloped areas between Manitou Springs and Colorado City. McFarland commented afterward that residents criticized such people for this camping style as well as for spending insufficiently at the local establishments.

Westside Pioneer photo (right); courtesy of Mel McFarland (left)