Where the poor once lived
In a photo taken in 1984, not long before it was torn down, the County Poor Farm is shown at its site near the current El Paso County Parks office building southeast of 21st and Rio Grande streets. It had provided temporary homes (and even farm work in its earlier days) for indigents going back to 1900. The Westside CARES charity effort, resulting from a consortium of churches that formed to help fill the Poor Farmís gap, will celebrate its 25-year anniversary at Bear Creek Regional Park Sunday, Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend can call the agency at 389-0759 x108.
Myron Wood photo, courtesy of Special Collections at Pikes Peak Library District