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Old Colorado City Celebrates Founders Day

     The Old Colorado City Historical Society presented a founders day weekend celebration August 12 and 13th to honor its most prominent city pioneer and business banker contributor of its early days; Irving Howbert (1846-1934). Today, thanks to the city’s history preservation and educational programs; the community and visitors alike can embrace its rich past history while growing forward in a dynamic prosperous positive direction as that envisioned by its founder.

Irving Howbert Old Colorado City, formerly Colorado City during its early days had several homestead settlers that included farmers, ranchers, freighters, explorers and outfitters for the people who were rushing to the newly found western mine fields. “By 1886 the Colorado Midland Railroad was one of the city’s largest employers, with its headquarters offices, terminals and repair yards in Colorado City”. (Old Colorado City History Center, 2011). Several new businesses later emerged in the city to include the of a kind western style famous saloons of the times and performance theatre.  Mr. Howbert as an entrepreneur and innovator held various positions and developed several enterprises. He started with farming to later work in several positions throughout his lifetime that contributed to the community. His career path included several such as a carpenter, wagon freighter, Indian fighter, Gold miner, Corporal in 3rd Colorado cavalry, cashier of First National bank, President of First national bank, railroad developer, real estate developer, county clerk, Republican party leader, State Senator, Trustee at Colorado College, author, leadership of business and a family man. He died at age 88 as a very strong man from all of his hard work and contributions to the city’s exemplary growth over the years. This is why he is admired and appreciated very much to this day. 

One of his distant relatives who  is so sharp in conversation at 95 years old (photo below) stopped by during event and many had the privilege to have a brief historical chat with him during the social time prior to the main program. The lecture presentation at the history center on Friday given by Dr. Lewis Archer covering the life and challenges of the day faced by many in those times and city pioneer Howbert was fascinating, inspirational and very entertaining since he had many of us chuckling with amusement. Life in the early West sure was very colorful, at times violent in that of survival and yet very promising in dedication to go on forward regardless of the challenges with optimism in the present and of the future. The determined pioneer spirit of the West is still very much felt today by residents and visitors alike. The adventures and experiences of great challenges helped paved the way for the great communities and dynamic businesses that we enjoy today. Thanks  Old Colorado City founder Irving Howbert, for the joyful ride to our present.

The following day of events consisted of local arts and crafts, kids scavenger hunt, historic walking tours, Victorian Society dance demonstrations among other activities. The museum is across Bancroft Park half a block from shopping and restaurant district. For more information Visit Old Colorado City History Center. 1S. 24th Street (Pikes Peak Ave. at 24th Street). Donations are accepted, admission is free and several memberships with benefits offered to help sponsor programs and help preserve history. 

Below are some of the events images.

 Old Colorado City History Museum


Irving Howbert's surviving distant relative

Dr. Lewis Archer receives Old Colorado City history Plaque   

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