Key new players in OCCHS’s annual Cemetery Crawl Sept. 14

       For the first time since 2005, the Fairview Cemetery Crawl this year will have actors representing fiery Colorado City preacher Duncan Lamont as well as his wife Katherine. Also, famous madam Laura Bell McDaniel and Colorado City co-founder Anthony Bott will have new portrayers.
       They will be among nine characters at seven sites in the 16th annual event organized by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       Admission is $8 ($10 at the gate). Advance tickets are available from the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. The event is a fundraiser for the OCCHS. For more information, call 636-1225 or go to occhs.org.
       During the event, groups will be guided through the cemetery at 1000 S. 26th Street to places where the historical figures have their grave markers. There, one or more people in period attire will tell their stories. The entire tour will last about 90 minutes, with waits for tours to start lasting 20 minutes or less, according to OCCHS President Sharon Swint.
       Both Lamonts opposed Colorado City's saloons and red light district around the turn of the 19th century. A well-told story is of the time Duncan saw one such place on fire, loudly praised the event and got sprayed by fireman in response. The pair will be played by Leo and Miki Knudson, who are married themselves.
       “It's nice to have a couple this year for the Lamonts, to tell the parts of the story,” Swint said.
       Laura Bell, a Crawl regular, will have a new reenactor this year: Alicia Fish, a Colorado Springs resident who is studying drama at CU-Boulder. Laura Bell's era in Colorado City lasted from 1888 until her death in a 1918 car accident (and she probably knew the Lamonts).
       Born in 1835, Bott helped start Colorado City in 1859 and stayed on, with interests in mining, land development and other business pursuits before his death in 1916. He also donated the land for Fairview Cemetery. Bott will be played by Bill Donaldson of the local Victorian Society.
       Other historical figures at the Crawl will be…
       Barkeepers/bakers Jacob and Bertha Schmidt, played by Phil McDonald and Sandy Hanzlian.
       Young tuberculosis victim Birdie Stapleman, played by Kathy McBride.
       Lady of the night Blanche Burton, played by Dianne Hartshorn.
       Farmer and Civil War veteran David Moore, played by Johnie Jackson.

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