History Center to also serve as information center
Starting June 1, a portion of the Old Colorado City History Center's interior will be set up with a counter reminiscent of an old-time train station.
It won't just be to honor the town's railroad heyday. The plan is to make part of the volunteer-run center at 1 S. 24th St. into an information center for tourists as well as locals.
The benefits would include helping people new in town - in the spirit of a chamber of commerce - attracting shoppers to Old Town businesses and bringing them into the center itself, pointed out Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) President Sharon Swint.
The idea came from Gerry and Cathy Murphy, who are Westside business people and OCCHS volunteers. The “visitor information station,” as Gerry calls it, will be staffed Tuesday through Sunday.
“People need a place to come to find information about Old Colorado City and to grasp this wonderful history,” said Cathy, who is also the OCCHS board's vice president. “We don't want you to leave Old Colorado City until you know what you're leaving.”
For visitors wanting more than, say, a copy of a merchant shopping guide or directions to the nearest restaurant, short or long walking tours will be available for a fee.
To keep costs down and avert overworking the center's current volunteers, the Murphys have made arrangements with St. Mary's High School, which requires a high number of community service hours from its students. So they will be trained to staff the info station much of the time and even give tours.
The final touches for the info station counter, including a blow-up of an old train photo, are in the final stages of completion, Swint said.
Also proposed are new signs for the avenue or even the highway, directing people to the History Center as a place to get information.
According to Swint, the OCCHS is seeking business sponsors for the effort, because of the boost an info center would give to the commercial district.
For more information, the website is occvisitorinformationstation.org; the History Center phone is 636-1225.
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