Foundersí Day, Cemetery Crawl Aug. 11-12
A four-hour celebration of Colorado City's founding in August 1859 will feature live music and historical vignettes in Bancroft Park Saturday, Aug. 11.
The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which organizes Founders' Day, will follow it up Sunday, Aug. 12, with another annual romp - the Cemetery Crawl at Fairview Cemetery, 1000 S. 26th St.
This is the second straight year the OCCHS has scheduled the two events on the same weekend.
Founders Day, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11, is free, while the Crawl - a fundraiser for the non-profit OCCHS - will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12.
Founders Day will offer three musical groups, an old-time dance group, four speakers and a performance by a gunfighting reenactment group. The park's Garvin Cabin, as well as the OCCHS' History Center (across the street at 1 S. 24th St.) will also be open.
In the Cemetery Crawl, individuals in period costume stand at the gravestones of historical figures buried in Fairview and tell their stories. Eight individuals will be portrayed this year, including Colorado City co-founder Anthony Bott (who donated the cemetery's original acreage) and famous madame Laura Belle. Two new characters will be Colorado City Mayor Oliver Ingraham, by Ken Markus of the Victorian Society of Colorado Springs; and Mrs. Edward Baxter, whose account will focus on her husband, an early newspaperman who died in an opium joint.
Westside Pioneer/press release