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Downtown to take step back in time

Donna Daniels
Staff Writer

Glenwood Springs celebrates Colorado Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month in May by highlighting downtown merchants May 25 to 27.

The Downtown Development Authority will sponsor sidewalk sales on Grand Avenue over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. During the day, strolling musicians and historical characters will enliven the scene.

DDA also encourages downtown merchants to honor Glenwood Springs’ past by displaying aspects of the town’s history in their windows.

“We want to do it because it will be interesting to tourists, and call attention to the windows. It’s a marketing tool for businesses and restaurants,” said Glenwood Springs City Councilwoman Jean Martensen, a DDA board member.

Glenwood Springs’ more than 100 years of history can be shown through photographs, paintings, clothing, office equipment, books, furniture, decorative accessories, and farm and garden equipment, Martensen said.

She is also planning to provide placards to downtown businesses stating that May is Colorado Historic Preservation Month. Other placards drawn by fourth graders at St. Stephen’s School, depicting historic scenes and characters, can be used in window displays.

“I just hope this will be the beginning of something we’ll do annually to promote downtown,” Martensen said.

Other events planned for historic preservation month include walking tours of historic Glenwood Springs on Saturday, May 18.

Tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and start at City Hall, 806 Cooper. The tours, led by Marice Doll, a member of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, will visit the Hotel Colorado, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and the Yampah Mountain Spa and Vapor Caves.

On Sunday, May 19, Jean Edmonds of the Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Archeological Society will lead a tour of the historic coal camp in South Canyon. That tour leaves City Hall at 1 p.m. Wear sturdy boots and be prepared for bad weather.

For more information about the events, call Marice Doll at 947-1387.


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