Welcome to the 2015 Territory Days celebration, hosted by Old Colorado City Associates, Ltd (OCCA), the merchant association for the West Side. Here’s a bit of our history. In 1859, the small settlement of El Dorado, located at the eastern entrance to the pass, that went thru the mountains to the west, was renamed Colorado City, by its founders, and became the first permanent town in the Pikes Peak region. Early settlers included farmers, ranchers, freighter and outfitters for the people who were rushing to the western minefields. By 1886, the Colorado Midland Railroad was one of the city’s largest employers, with headquarter offices, terminal, and repair yards located here. A Glass Works was established in 1887, where bottles were made for Manitou Mineral Water, liquor, and wine, by Bohemian glass blowers. Anheuser Busch, Mayor Charles Stockbridge, and others, also bottled beer here at the turn of the century. When Gold was discovered in 1891 at Cripple Creek, prosperity came from the four gold ore reduction mills, operating in Colorado City. The town soon became more famous for its many Saloons and Brothels, while the hardworking residents were much more proud of their schools, The Carnegie Public Library, and the churches. As time went on, change was inevitable for Colorado City, and in 1917, it was annexed by Colorado Springs. TODAY – With over 100 Fine Galleries, Specialty Shops, Boutiques, Museums, Restaurants, and services available, Historic Old Colorado City, has it all. The tree lined streets beckon you to stroll and enjoy the largest concentration of independent retail establishments in Colorado Springs. Enjoy turn of the century architecture and rich history from Colorado’s Gold Rush Days. Enjoy the fun this weekend, remember our fallen brethren, and please do come back to Old Colorado City often. Shop, Dine, Discover – Historic Old Colorado City! To contact the OCCA please call (719) 577-4112Save
Sounds Like: The Milk Carton Kids, Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Ralph Stanley, First Aid Kit (SE) OFFICIAL
Bio: Songs and tunes from the woods. Americana, bluegrass, folky, Country, etc. The band is centered around Phillip & Lauren Douglas, multi - instrumentalists and singers. Sometimes accompanied by a roving cast of characters on various instruments.