Hughes to recount story of Old Town revitalization in presentation Jan. 8

       In the latter half of the 1970s, Westsider Dave Hughes took a leading role in the revitalization of one of the Pikes Peak region's original towns.
       He will talk about those efforts Friday, Jan. 8 in a presentation titled “Rebirth of Colorado City” at the Old Colorado City History Center.
       The talk will start at 11 a.m. There is no charge, although donations are welcome. The center/ museum, operated by the volunteer, non-profit Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), is at 1 S. 24th St.
       A retired US Army colonel and veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, Hughes “used his technology skills, networking and military experience to lead the revitalization of Old Colorado City and show it as a great place to work and to live, even buying a home in the area,” writes Sharon Swint in the current issue of West Word, the OCCHS newsletter.
       Now 81, Hughes continues to be active in Westside affairs. He just stepped down after 10 years as treasurer of the OCCHS. (His place is being taken by Johnie Jackson, an artist and retired businessman whose drawings were used for the sesquicentennial monument the OCCHS placed next to Bancroft Park last August.)
       For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225.

Westside Pioneer/press release