Following an overview and orientation presentation at the OCC Historical Society’s Museum Headquarters (24th and Pikes Peak), small group guided tours will explore the history, legends and lore of this vibrant and super fun district.
Discover Old Colorado as never before! Kick off with a presentation by Leo Knudson, Old Colorado City Historical Society Board Member and local historian. He will share some of his extensive insight into the colorful history of Old Colorado City. The little community was founded in 1859.
The early residents gathered together to provide the newly arriving mountaineers and settlers with the supplies and services required by ambitious, social, and politically astute citizens. The Old Colorado City (OCC) Historical Society’s museum, located in the original First Baptist Church, is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. The wood framed structure was dedicated on November 21, 1890.
Following Mr. Knudson’s introduction, members of the OCC Historical Society will conduct small group guided tours through the center of this historic town. You will find the 1859 Doctor’s cabin, the 1904 Carnegie Public Library and the 1901 cultural center known as the Waycott Opera House and Idle Hour Theatre (featured vaudeville performances). The city streets hold stories of many generations of proud citizens going about their daily lives, stopping at the post office, bank, city hall/ fire house, and school. Of course, there were commercial buildings that served the wide-ranging needs of daily life. You will hear about the richness and struggle of citizens living in this thriving community. You may also hear the colorful stories of the tunnels that ran under the street. What was that about?
Tour Guides: Old Colorado City Historical Society members
HPA Coordinator: Jo Ruth
Restrooms: Yes, H/C Accessible
Disabled Access: A few handicapped parking spaces and a ramp to the museum are available from the parking lot south of the museum.
Free for all Historic Preservation Alliance members. Non members: $10 cash or check, paid at registration.
Registration is at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Phone: (719) 641-1542