Monday, January 26, 2015

Facebook groups reveal old Colorado Springs

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:39 AM

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There are a variety of ways to indulge in some Colorado Springs nostalgia via Facebook.

I Cruised Nevada Avenue in the '80s! exists for the more vehicular-minded, while You know you grew up in Colorado Springs, CO if.... is there for those "who GREW UP in Colorado Springs proper. Meaning you went to school here, lived here and moved, lived here and moved back, etc. Not for recent transplants to the area."

You could also do Back in the day in "Colorado Springs" I remember when or YOU KNOW YOUR FROM COLORADO SPRINGS WHEN if you feel like trying to join the closed groups.

Of all, however, the best seems to be Old pics of Colorado Springs. There's the expected stuff — like the old painted barn on Taylor's Acre — or lesser known (to me) pictures, like this one of the Colorado Springs High School Majorettes in 1939.

Group members are also quick to contribute memories, like this one of the former Exchange National Bank, next to the Chief Theater, which apparently printed some $1.7 million of national currency between 1888 and 1935.

"My mom was a telephone operator in the exchange national Bank on the 4th floor back in the late 60's early 70's," writes user Stacy L Mcclellan. "I remember as a little girl walking up and down the hallways on the black marble floors that were so beautiful and riding the elevator up and down all day long. once in awhile she would give me two or three dollars to walk down the road to the chief theater and watch a movie. ..."

And if you want a little more, this great 2011 Gazette piece features a widget for then-and-now comparisons.

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