Events

 Upcoming events can viewed on the website, event board outside the History Center, the monthly newsletter, on Facebook , and a schedule can be picked up at the Center. The History Center holds monthly lectures from October through May. OCCHS hosts the summer Craft Fair every Saturday  in connection with the Old Colorado City's Farmers Market in Bancroft Park (Located north of the History Center). 

Current Events

Walking Tours

Private walking tours of Old Colorado City and  Fairview Cemetery for groups of ten or more are available. Contact the OCCHS and ask for Leo, Roberta, or Suzanne. Leave a message for them to call you if they are not at the center. 

Contact OCCHS for details: (719) 636-1225

Haunted History Cemetery Tour

Haunted History Cemetery Tour is held every Fall at the Colorado Springs Fairview Cemetery. Learn the history of Old Colorado City in a fun and haunted way. 

Territory Days

Held every year, towards the end of May, Old Colorado City Territory days. OCCHS has craters both inside and outside the history center. Period Style historic interpreters give tours of the Old Pioneer Cabin, in Bancroft Park. Experience a touch of the old west with historic demonstrations, food vendors, shops, and games for the whole family

Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Retirement Parties

Host Your Own Event

 The Old Colorado City History Center Museum is an ideal place for special events, anniversary parties, weddings, ceremonies, business meetings or group gatherings.  We will work with you to make your event one to remember.  Give your event a historical flair.

The cost to rent our 1890's restored church is $100 per hour.  We have tables and chairs which will help you set up an arrangement that fits your needs.  A small kitchen is available if you choose to cater your event. Great for weddings!


Please call our museum, and ask to have an Events Coordinator give you a call.  Our number 636-1225 

Wedding Event Old Colorado City Historical Society

Current Events

 

Monthly Lectures: October - May 

Friday at 11:00 a.m. 

OCCHS Members free, others $5.00 


9/13/2019

FROZEN TO THE CABIN FLOOR – The Biography of Baby Doe Tabor

11pm

Old Colorado City History Center

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9/13/2019

FROZEN TO THE CABIN FLOOR – The Biography of Baby Doe Tabor

  

Program Description – Tracy Beach will present a slide show, a short video of the only surviving silent film that stars Baby Doe Tabor’s daughter Silver Dollar, mannequins dressed in Baby Doe’s most memorable outfits and artifacts that show her life of luxury, down to her life of poverty. Once lauded as the most beautiful woman of the West, Elizabeth McCourt Tabor, was the embodiment of rags to riches back to rags story. Born in 1854 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, pampered by her mother in 1877, she married Harvey Doe the son of one of the richest men in her hometown. As a wedding gift, the newlyweds received a Silver/Gold Mine in Central City, Colorado. An unhappy marriage, excessive drinking and desertion caused her to sue for divorce. Elizabeth McCourt Doe met Horace Tabor in Leadville while planning to marry a business owner named Jacob. Love at first sight caused Tabor to secretly arrange divorce from Augusta and marriage to Baby Doe. The story of the “Matchless Mine” caused Horace Tabor to tell her to guard the mine with her life. The crash of the Silver Market caused the value of the Matchless Mine to decline. It left Baby Doe Tabor broke. The story of her death in 1935 has been the topic of countless publications, film footage and an opera. This presentation will fill in countless gaps in her story. Tracy will have copies of her book for purchase which she will sign. 

  

Presenter-Tracy Beach was born in Salida, Colorado where she lived until she graduated from college in Denver. She went to work with her father in Florida. She returned to Colorado in 2008 and moved to Canon City. Tracy has a keen interest in history and has researched several topics that have resulted in several publications. Tracy is the author of “My Life as a whore-the biography of Madam Laura Evens”, The Tunnels under our feet-Colorado’s forgotten hollow sidewalks”, Frozen to the Floor- the biography of Baby Doe Tabor”, and the recently released “Michael”. Tracy travels to many historic groups and facilities to present excellent talks and lectures.

11pm

Old Colorado City History Center

9/14/2019

Haunted History Tours

6pm Tours Start

Fairview Cemetery

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9/14/2019

Haunted History Tours

 We would like to invite you to the Old Colorado City Historical Society’s Haunted Histories to be held in September 14th. Leo Knudson will be taking on a new role this year of Dusty McCartney and will tell you about his relationship with Laura Bell McDaniel in her fatal car crash. Another new role will be that of Byron Hames, known as the father of old Colorado City. The Colorado City Iris reported that he used a fortune teller in his time and years later her prediction turned out to be true.    

Another favorites that will be at the event this year is the family of a young boy who’s prediction of the families death was printed in the local paper, murderers and upstanding Colorado City past residents will tell you their tales.

Haunted Histories will tell you of the history of Colorado City, introduce you to some of our well known permanent residents in Fairview Cemetery and have visitors from other cemeteries that were part of Colorado City’s history….and yes, we will look at some residents that have stories that will chill your fall.

Tickets: $20

Tickets go on sale August 1st

6pm Tours Start

Fairview Cemetery

10/11/2019

MICHAEL

7pm - 10pm

Old Colorado City Historical Society & History Center

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10/11/2019

MICHAEL

  

Program Description –Michael Rexford McCormick was raised in Stratton, Colorado where his family owned a 2,500 plus acre farm. His grandfather and father were vile men, who passed the hatred of people on to Michael. Michael learned to kill without a conscience. In the 1980’s, Michael got sloppy and killed a man who had a semi-truck that Michael wanted to get for his father’s business. The man’s family filed a missing person’s report and when the man’s truck was found, it led them to Michael. In order to shave time off his prison sentence, Michael told the police about decades of killings at his family’s farm. A team was brought to the farm and 3 bodies were dug up, before the state ran out of money to dig up anymore. Michael also showed them the location of the dead truck driver. Michael was sent to prison for ONLY the death of the truck driver. He died in prison in 2010. The new owners of the McCormick farm began noticing a lot of ghostly activity around the farm and contacted S.P.O.O.K.S paranormal team to investigate. In total there were 72 murdered and buried on the farm, with many more buried around Colorado, Nevada and Texas. Tracy’s book has 55 pictures, most of the crime scene photos. She will have copies of her book MICHAEL for purchase which she will sign. 


Presenter - Tracy Beach

7pm - 10pm

Old Colorado City Historical Society & History Center

11/9/2019

LIFE ON THE EASTERN PLAINS OF COLORADO

7pm

Old Colorado City Historical Society and History Center

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11/9/2019

LIFE ON THE EASTERN PLAINS OF COLORADO

Program Description – Life is what you make it, and the early residents of rural Colorado made

the most of it! This Program features the life of a 92 year old pioneer woman from the early 1900’s to

present day. Surviving the dust bowl, the depression and dangerous rattlers are just a part of her

fascinating life.


Presenter - Jane Milne combines autoharp with true, historical stories of life in Colorado. Jane,

an accomplished musician and performer, aims to keep stories of the Centennial State alive. Her engaging

stories are based on research of the era. Many characters are real people whom she has personally interviewed

to create their story. Jane resides in Pueblo. She presents in schools, for clubs and organizations, and will

enlighten, entertain and educate us.

7pm

Old Colorado City Historical Society and History Center