Author of 4 books on Southern Colorado to speak at OCC History Center Oct. 13
The title of her roughly hour-long talk will be “Along the Huerfano: History of Colorado and Huerfano County.”
Owned and operated by the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the History Center is at 1 S. 24th St.
Admission to the program is free to OCCHS members, $5 for nonmembers.
“Huerfano” is a Spanish word meaning orphan. According to an Arcadia Publishing summary of Avery's most recent book (“Along the Huerfano River,” 2016), Spanish conquistadors originally used the name to describe a cone-shaped volcanic prominence on the south bank of the river.
“In the 18th century, this outcropping and the river that bears the same name were famous landmarks for Native American tribes, Hispanic explorers and French adventurers,” the summary continues. “Then in the 19th century, along came U.S. mountain men, gold-seekers, cowboys, sheep ranchers, railroad workers, town developers and coal miners from 31 different countries, speaking 27 different languages.
“Counterculture revolutionaries discovered the area in the 1960s and established five separate communes west of Walsenburg. Each wave of immigrants brought new perspectives and lifestyles.”
The History Center is free to the public (except during programs), also offering a museum and bookstore specializing in local history.
The facility is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 636-1225 during those hours.
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