CHS Homecoming Friday

Activities planned 

Bonfire - Thursday - 8:15 p.m. - East side of Ruddick Park

Pep Rally - Friday - 2:15 p.m. - The Pit at CMS

Homecoming Parade - Friday - 4:30 p.m. - Downtown C-City

Wolves vs. Clyde - Friday - 7:30 p.m. - Wolf Stadium

State Park has activities for everyone

Campfires, birding workshops, kayaking

Superintendent Kyle O'Haver holds several types of programs at Lake Colorado City State Park to appeal to everyone. The first installment of All Around the Campfire started this weekend. 

Hospital's health fair draws crowd

Over 300 came out for the free services and information

Mitchell County Hospital's lab department performed free tests and a flu immunization clinic was held as part of the health fair. 

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  • The museum board hosted an open house Monday night featuring a traveling exhibit made possible by the Texas Humanities Resource Center. A small group gathered to hear local citizens talk about some of the historic buildings downtown.The Way Things Were is a photographic essay on rural Texans and their buildings from 1850 to 1940. The exhibit is a glimpse into the history of ordinary people in Texa...
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The Way Things Were comes to museum

brigadaatmuseumThe museum board hosted an open house Monday night featuring a traveling exhibit made possible by the Texas Humanities Resource Center. A small group gathered to hear local citizens talk about some of the historic buildings downtown.
The Way Things Were is a photographic essay on rural Texans and their buildings from 1850 to 1940. The exhibit is a glimpse into the history of ordinary people in Texas during the era. Most of the photographs record life in rural areas.
Several downtown building owners spoke about their buildings and renovations ongoing and complete.
Cherry Hoback gave a presentation, complete with before and after photos, of the Copper Press. Cherry and her husband, Robert, bought the structure from Ferron Lacefield, knowing the building’s historical value to Colorado City.
She said the building was constructed in 1929 and has served as an auto repair shop, laundry, pottery manufacturing business, and electrician’s storage. The Hobacks spent about 18 months renovating the structure which is now used as a classy, elegant venue for weddings, parties and dances.
Amie Wood spoke about the building she and her husband, Ty, own downtown. When it was built in 1884, the large two-story structure was used as a livery stable. It was built by J. Wright Mooar, credited as having killed the white buffalo with his brother in Scurry Co.
The Woods have restored the front of the building to look like the original architecture from the 1800s. Renovations are ongoing, but Amie said they hope to finish by the end of 2014. Once complete, the building will offer a large amount of office space on the bottom floor and about 6,000 square feet of loft living space upstairs.
“It’s a fantastic building, and we’re happy to be a part of its 136 year of history,” Wood said.
Mary Smith and her husband, Allen, own the historic building downtown that houses their retail business, What’s in Store. She said that the structure was once owned by the Doss Family that ran a drug store out of it.
“It’s always been my dream to live in the second story,” she said. Renovations are ongoing and Mary said her dream may come to pass.
Mike Ratliff share the story of former owners one of the oldest buildings still standing downtown. He said he has a deed that lists T&P Railroad Co. as a surveyor in 1881. He said the structure was deeded to a Mrs. Hart in 1882 and is referred to as the Renderbrook Hotel in a couple of deeds written in the late 1880s.
The building on Walnut Street once served as the community post office, as well as being the home of another Doss drug store in the 1920s. It was even sold in a sheriff’s sale at one point.
In 1939, the building was sold to Mike’s grandfather and Mr. Worrell. Bob Ratliff, who attended the open house, shared his knowledge of the businesses and buildings downtown. He bought the building in 1970, and Mike bought it from his dad in 1993.
Mike said that one of the deeds he found from the 1960s was signed by John Chinn, the mayor at that time.
Besides the photos presented in the traveling exhibit, Curator Patty Pharis prepared several photos from Colorado City to show the way things were.
The photograph of the C.H. Earnest home, built in 1906, was displayed. The home, rebuilt after the first house was destroyed by fire, was located at the corner of 3rd and Hickory Streets. The house had six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, dining room, parlor, reception hall and a huge kitchen. The property also included a pergola, but it burned in 2004.
Photos of the old Gulf station formerly located at 2nd and Locust and the Gulf station in Loraine in 1925 were part of the collection. The station in Loraine sold gas, tires and real estate.
Another photo from Colorado City shows The Tabernacle, once located where the Mitchell County Public Library is today, used for church revivals, singings, and community gatherings. The building was built in the 1920s and demolished in the late 1950s or early 60s.
The iconic Round Top Café, once located at the Y at Austin and 2nd Streets, was also a featured photo in the collection. The Round Top was a local meeting place for coffee drinkers in the morning, and they served barbeque at lunch.
Buck Buckalew ran the café in the 60s. It was moved to its present location at the corner across from Hutchinson Elementary and is used in Heritage Park.
A couple of street scene were also on display. The photos showed the old cars and people gathered for a parade or some kind of community event.
The C.M. Adams house, which was torn down in the 70s, was displayed in the photos. The house formerly stood at the corner of 4th and Chestnut Streets and was built in 1889 by H.B. Smoot.
Adams purchased the house in 1903. It housed a library, sunroom, dining room, breakfast room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. After the death of Mr. and Mrs. Adams, the house deteriorated and had to be demolished.
Still more photos of life in Colorado City during that era can be found at the museum. Colorado National Bank, once located at the corner of 2nd and Walnut, was built in the 1880s. The first bale of cotton produced in Mitchell County was displayed in the banks’ window for six weeks in 1888.
Many people know that Colorado City was home to many hotels back in its heyday. The Alamo Hotel was built from red bricks from the Colorado River in 1884. It was first called The Pacific House and in 1901, rooms were available for rent for 25 to 50 cents. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1954.
Other photographs of places that served a purpose in Colorado City’s history were also on display Monday night.
The building that houses the Mitchell Masonic Lodge still stands and has been the home of the lodge since 1907. It is located at the corner of 2nd and Oak Streets and the bottom floor was once home to the Colorado City Record and Hicks Tires, as well as a grocery store and hardware store.
The Mooar Bros. Livery Stable is still standing and being renovated by Ty and Amie Wood. The building was constructed in 1884 by the famous west Texas buffalo hunting Mooar brothers. This Walnut Street building has been the home to the fire department, Home Furniture and Appliance Co. and Corky’s True Value and Western Auto.
The exhibit will be on display at the Heart of West Texas Museum until October 10th.

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