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The Story of Us: Ute Pass Heritage to 1960’s

This 145’ long mural, on the west side of the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, was painted in 2015 by Lois Sprague to celebrate the history of Ute Pass through the 1960’s. Most of the individuals in the mural are likenesses of actual people. The mural moves through time left to right. It begins with depictions of Ute Indians, and then pioneers in wagons, coming up Ute Pass. The most prominent face is that of Roland McCook, Chief Ouray’s second great grandson. In the upper right is a likeness of Ouray’s wife Chipeta. All the other Ute Indians in this portion of the mural are likenesses living Ute Indians. The word NUCHEW, on the scroll in the upper left, is a Ute word meaning the “Ute people, we are all one.”

The center section of the mural celebrates the Wildflower Train Excursions from Colorado Springs to the Ute Pass area, with stops in Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park, Lake George, Eleven Mile Canon and Cripple Creek. These excursions were very popular from 1910 to 1949. Many local persons are depicted in this section of the mural. The train conductor is Ralph Holloway who was instrumental in organizing the mural project. The engineer portrays Fred Zobel another local supporter of the mural project. The artist’s husband, five children and son-in-law are included in this portion of the mural. The church is a depiction from a photo of an actual 1886 funeral at the original Methodist church in Woodland Park. The minister, in a long coat at the right o

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Category: Mural
Location: Teller County

Medium type: Paint (acrylic, oil, etc.)

Date created: 2015


210 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO, 80863

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