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During the Old Colorado City Historical Society's first Tunnel Tales event in 2015, historical reenactors dressed as "ladies of the night" (far left) perked up a stop on the tour - a then-jewelry shop in the 2500 block of West Colorado Avenue.
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Former Colorado Avenue tunnel sites in Historical Society guided tours July 22

None of the historic tunnels under Colorado Avenue are passable anymore, but entryways still exist in a few buildings, such as this one on the avenue's south side, which was on view in the 2015 tour.
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July 2, 2018
       The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will bring back Tunnel Tales Sunday, July 22.
       In guided tours from noon to 5 p.m., society volunteers in period costume will show people the locations of six underground tunnels used long ago to travel secretly from the more placid north side of Colorado Avenue to its naughtier south side.
       “See the WCTU [Woman's Christian Temperance Union] ladies, the ladies of the evening, the sheriff, saloon owners, businessmen, street people and much more,” reads promotional text in the June-July edition of the OCCHS's newsletter, West Word. The newsletter also promises "historically accurate stories."
       The cost is $20 a person. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., either in person or on the phone at 636-1225. The center is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       Initially presented in 2015 and 2016, Tunnel Tales is a fundraiser for the OCCHS, with a plan going forward to offer it every other year, according to Susie Schorsch, the society board's treasurer.
       The all-volunteer nonprofit owns and manages the History Center, which consists of a free-admission museum and bookstore.

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