History Center: Utilities official discusses hydro plants; reception set for Leland Feitz
A Colorado Springs Utilities official will talk about hydroelectric power from Pikes Peak Friday, Oct. 12 at the Old Colorado City History Center.
Titled “The Manitou & Ruxton Hydro Plants,” the presentation by Chris Thompson will start at 11 a.m. The address is 1 S. 24th St.
Admission is free to Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), $5 to non-members. Membership prices vary, including $35 for a family for a year.
According to an OCCHS press release, “hydro power has been used in the Pikes Peak Region for 114 years. Chris Thompson of Colorado Springs Utilities has thoroughly researched the Manitou Hydro Plant built in 1905, the Ruxton Hydro Plant built in 1925 and other plants in the area. He will speak on the six hydroelectric power plants that were built on the slopes of Pikes Peak and how they affected the power and water systems of Colorado Springs.”
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The event, free and open to his friends and supporters, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The center is at 1 S. 24th St.
Feitz has been a member and volunteer with the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) since 1989 and is the former director of the Cripple Creek District Museum.
“Many OCCHS members are lucky to know Leland Feitz,” writes OCCHS President Sharon Swint in the current edition of the society's West Word publication. “Some of you know him through the many books he has written on Colorado, part of the 'Quick History Series' that introduce young and old alike to various topics on Colorado history. Some might know the wit and wisdom found in his book, 'From 7 to 77… a Memoir of Sorts.' The Old Colorado City Historical Society is giving you an opportunity to meet this extraordinary man by holding a reception in his honor.”
RSVPs are requested at 636-1225.
The book editor is OCCHS Treasurer Susie Schorsch, who said she consulted a wide range of readers before deciding which articles to include.
The book will be sold until Thansgiving at the History Center at a pre-publication price of $29; after that it will be $39.
The OCCHS is an all-volunteer non-profit that also owns and maintains the History Center.
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