1,800 spend July 4 at Rock Ledge Ranch

       More than 1,800 people came to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site for July 4 this year. Scenes at Rock Ledge Ranch’s “A 19th Century
Independence Day!” July 4... TOP: Many of the attendees
gathered on the Orchard House lawn to hear Colorado
Springs founder William Palmer (portrayed by Dave Harmon)
read the Declaration of Independence. BELOW LEFT: Bob
Mallin, MD, a lecturer on the Santa Fe Trail & Civil War
medicine for Pecos National Historical Park in Pecos, N.M., 
explains the use of a bone saw. BELOW RIGHT: A member 
of the Buffalo Soldiers contingent answers questions from 
two young onlookers after a riding demonstration.
Westside Pioneer photos
       According to ranch manager Andy Morris, this marked one of the better crowds for the annual event, which features a range of patriotic and family activities and games in the setting of an 1880s-era working ranch.
       Among the highlights were speeches by impersonators of historical figures William Palmer, Abraham Lincoln and Katharine Lee Bates. New this year was a talk about Civil War medicine by retired surgeon Bob Mallin, who had a set of actual Civil War surgical tools on display.
       “We heard a lot of compliments, that people had a good time,” Morris said. “It means a lot that the people in the community come out.”

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