Deannexation 'revote' results, Legendary Ladies show at Founders Day Aug. 13
The light-hearted nod to a significant political change a century ago will be a highlight of the annual Founders Day celebration by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
Free and open to the public, the event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the society's History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
Another feature will be reenactments of prominent women from bygone days by the Legendary Ladies group. According to a flyer in the OCCHS newsletter, West Word, “you may meet” a Bloomer Girl baseball pitcher, a philanthropist/survivor of the Titanic, a washerwoman/rancher who married into British royalty, a labor activist, an outlaw and/or a silent-movie star.
Founders Day commemorates the creation of Colorado City in 1859.
It was in 1917 that Colorado City voters agreed to give up their own government and be annexed into Colorado Springs, a newer (by 12 years) and more prosperous city just to the east. For more information on what happened then, see Westside Pioneer article at this link.
The downtown of Colorado City is now a historic shopping district dubbed Old Colorado City.
Seeking to have fun with history (and to augment fundraising efforts), OCCHS members set out two antique ballot boxes in April, encouraging people to “revote” - using money for ballots. One box takes votes approving the annexation, the other opposing it.
The “polls” will stay open until the Founders Day event.
“How would citizens vote with a century of hindsight?” posited Sharon Swint of the OCCHS. “Should Colorado City have remained separate, or was annexation the right thing?”
The all-volunteer society owns and operates the History Center, which offers a bookstore and museum (free admission) at 1 S. 24th St., along with special programs throughout the year. The summer hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 636-1225 while the center is open.
Westside Pioneer article