Elizabeth to host Historic Walk and Talk event on Sept. 24

Eighth annual tour will focus on town's historic structures

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The Town of Elizabeth will be holding its eighth annual Historic Walk and Talk event on Sept. 24. The tour will consist of a walk through historic downtown Elizabeth, highlighting the beautiful buildings, their vibrant history and their significance to the town along the way.
 
“We put together this ‘walk and talk’ so people who own the buildings can share the history of the structures with others,” said John Quest, chairman of the Town of Elizabeth Historic Advisory Board. “As people work their way down the street, home and shop owners will come out and give short talks and answer questions. The tour will be given by Jeff Lehman, a well-informed individual who owns an historic home in Elizabeth. He’s done the tour for several years now.”
 
Hosted by members of the Historic Advisory Board, the tour will begin with information about the current Viaero building and Odd Fellows building. The tour will continue with presentations as attendees walk past various buildings on the east side of Main Street. They will continue to the south end of town near the Carriage Shoppes.
 
The tour will then move to the west side of Main Street, working its way back to the current Mountain Man building. The tour will conclude on West Banner Street.
 
“What we’re trying to do is set the stage for people to be more cognizant of the historical background of the town,” said Quest. “There are 67 historical buildings in the Town of Elizabeth. There is quite a bit of history here that we need to preserve and celebrate.”
 
The Historic Advisory Board encourages anyone interested in learning about the history of Elizabeth to attend the event. For those unable to attend, you can learn about Elizabeth’s vibrant history through a YouTube video put together as a part of the Historic Preservation Program. See tinyurl.com/ElizabethHPP2.
 
To take part in the Sept. 24 tour, RSVP by Sept. 19. To reserve a spot, please contact the Town of Elizabeth Community Department at 303-646-4166 or dhiatt@townofelizabeth.org.
 
Attendees of the Saturday-morning tour should meet at 165 S. Main St. (Gesin’s lot) before the tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided at American Legion Post 82 after the tour.
 
For those people with limited mobility, accommodations can be made by contacting the Town of Elizabeth Community Development Department at the number and email above.
 
For more information on the Town of Elizabeth Historic Preservation Program and the Town’s Historic Advisory Board, visit tinyurl.com/elizabethHPP.
 
This story was updated with the name of the tour leader.
Elizabeth, Elbert County, Colorado, history, Walk and Talk

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