An App for History

I ordered my iPhone this weekend, and oh so excited am I.

When my husband and I went low-tech on our phones a few years ago, I canceled the data plan on my phone, and have seen nary an app since then.

But it’s time to rejoin the 21st century, and when my phone arrives, I want to check out a new app from the Old Colorado City Historical Society (profiled on local NPR station KRCC’s The Big Something).

You can download it too, it’s free on iTunes. My phone won’t be here until later this week, so tell me what you think!

Horse Alleys: If You Don’t Mind, Please Park Your Horse Out Back

Without kids for the day, my husband and I decided to do a little cultural tourism in our own backyard. We headed over to Old Colorado City (1859), a national historic district in Colorado Springs, for some lunch and wandering.

Because I love, love, love (did I say love?) architectural walking tours, and because my husband is a good sport, we decided to follow a self-guided tour published by the Old Colorado City Historical Society before we ate lunch. Centered along Colorado Avenue, the tour focused on commercial buildings which were mainly grocery stores, fraternal lodges and saloons in their heyday.

But the real story here is in the space between those buildings… Continue reading