If Irv Halter, using his military knowledge and contacts in Washington can help save tens of thousand Fort Carson Army and Civilian jobs, he will do something Lamborn hasn't made a dent in. The hard economic fact for El Paso County is that, with inevitable military cutbacks, Carson, which brings in over a Billion dollars, is threatened.
Irving Howbert, at 14, came down to Colorado City from Buckskin Joe's with his father Reverend William Howbert's family and - as stated in the November 29th, 1861 Issue of the Colorado Journal "To spend the winter and make their permanent home in our romantic young city."
Young Irving helped his family homestead, grew to be a man, helped chase maurading Indians from the environs of Colorado City, and served as a Corporal in Company G of the 3d Colorado Cavalry at Sand Creek in 1864 which he carefully, documented and denied all his life was a massacre.
In 1868 he was elected El Paso County Clerk and Recorder - a position into which he was reelected four more times. He met General Palmer in the still standing 1859 Bancroft Park Cabin which was the County Seat, who persuaded him to help buy up $10,000 worth of land east of Monument Creek, which became Colorado Springs in 1871. He signed the legal papers incorporating the City of Colorado Springs.
He rose to prominence in Colorado Springs, helping found the First National Bank of Colorado Springs in 1874. He was one of the most influential men in El Paso County for over 60 years, organizing the city municipal water system, and the first gas company. He built the Colorado Springs Opera House from his silver mine profits. He died in 1934.
He wrote and published the classic book "Indians of The Pikes Peak Region" in 1914, and followed it with the comprehensive "A Lifetime of Memories in the Pikes Peak Region" in 1925. Which his grandson - Irving Howbert III in his late 90s - permitted to be reprinted and indexed both in hard copy and electronically, without payment of royalties, in 2007.
The Colorado City racing Unser Dynasty
Louis and Marie Unser came to Colorado City in 1909 from Switzerland. They first lived above today's 2532 West Colorado Avenue. (Today's Squash Blossom Art Gallery. Then the Borst Meat market.)
Louis was a meat cutter. His boys - Louis Jr, Joe and Jerry a became meat cutters, mechanics, and race car drivers. Starting the 2d oldest US car race - after the Indianapolis 500 - in 1929 they raced up Pikes Peak.
Jerry was the first Unser to race the 500 in 1958. Bobby drove in the 1963 race and won in 1968.
Six Unsers have started the Indy 500, and since 1968, the nine victories by Al, Bobby and Al Jr. have accounted for more than 25 percent of the race's winners.
Before most of them moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Unsers lived in 14 different places in Old Colorado City and the Westside.
Anthony Bott - original Pioneer-founder of Colorado City. Born in Alsace, Lorraine in 1935.
Came west as young man of 23 with the Lawrence Party from Kansas in 1858. When they did not find gold, having camped on 'Camp Creek' they went back to Kansas in the fall. Bott stayed, and tried to found a town called El Dorado, which never got going. So went to Denver City, found investors, all of whom then formed the Colorado City Land Company which founded and platted Colorado City August 12th 1859 at the base of Ute Pass. It was 2 miles long and 1 mile wide astride Fountain Creek.
Anthony Bott owned a southwest section of Colorado City, with water rights, and went into business. Construction and real estate. He fought at Sand Creek against the Cheyenne and Arapahoe in Company G, 3d Colorado Cavalry and was proud of it. Putting it on his tombstone. He donated the 43 acres that is now Fairview Cemetery of Colorado Springs to Colorado City in 1895. It was the 4th cemetery of Colorado City.
He died, after his wife, with no heirs , in 1916 the year before Colorado Springs annexed Colorado City in 1917. He left 5 unused burial plots which the Hughes family purchased and are being buried there today.
Luther McKnight - grew up from 8 years old in Colorado City, collector of memorabilia of Colorado City, bachelor, musician, employee of Alexander Film Co, photographer and local photograph collector, (begged me at the outset of my volunteering to head up the Colorado Centennial/Bicentennial Celebrations in Colo Spgs in 1976, to 'do something for 'Old Town'. I did - its Old Colorado City) So he contributed his entire Collection of memorabilia and photos to the Old Colorado City Historical Society and , upon his death (in about 1986) he left the Society over $110,000 with which it was able to buy the original 1889's First Baptist Church of Colorado City building as its History Center and Museum, worth today more than half million.
Leon Young - boot black, worker in El Paso Club, founder Young's Janitorial, City Councilman, Westside Council representative, champion of Old Colorado City revival, Vice Mayor, Republican
Oh aren't you westside activists proud you just screwed Goodwill out of its needed million dollar sale of the property it has owned for 40-50 years? So it could complete its newer facilities closer to the center of Colorado Springs population, including its sheltered workshops for the handicapped.
But who cares what non-profit Goodwill needs for its clients.
As French Royal Marie Antoinette said when there was little affordable bread inb Paris "Let them eat cake!"
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