Beth Dodd

Gold Rush Days Returns to Victor

         By Beth Dodd: Mark your calendars for Victor’s annual Gold Rush Days celebration which returns this year on July 20th, 21st , and 22nd. One of the longest running festivals in the Pikes Peak region, it was first held 117 years ago. Gold Rush Days began humbly as the “World Celebration”…

Victor Museum Gets a Face Lift (and a Tummy Tuck)

By Beth Dodd: The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum has been a landmark in Victor since it opened in 1960 in the Reynolds Block at the corner of 3rd Street and Victor Ave. Built back in 1899, the north wall of the century old building was beginning to buckle and the second story was starting to…

Victor Police Department May Become History

  By Beth Dodd     The Victor City Council met with local residents on May 8 to weigh public opinion and answer questions about possibly contracting police services from the Teller County Sheriff’s Department in the near future. While it would be hard to say goodbye to an independent police force after 100-plus years of…

The Theresa Mine

  By Beth Dodd     The logo for Portraits of the Pikes Peak Region is a based on a line drawing of the Theresa Mine west of Goldfield, which was created as a gift for me by my dear friend Debbie Smith of Loomis, CA. The mine’s head frame, hoist house, and other surface…

The Cusack Family of Marigreen Pines

by Beth Dodd:   Thomas Cusack, also known as the Billboard King of Chicago, was a self-made millionaire who made his home in Ute Pass in the 1890s. He’d first come to the United States from Ireland as a three year old boy fleeing the Irish potato famine in 1861. Soon after arriving in New…

Teller’s Trials by Fire

By Beth Dodd:   The government of Green Mountain Falls is moving forward in its new temporary location at a nearby school following the fire that consumed the historic town hall in February 2012. Ironically, the town hall building was first used as a school when it was built in 1898. This is certainly not…

Victor Revives

By Beth Dodd The City of Victor is reinventing itself. In an impressive turnabout, the town has gone from considering turning off the street lights in 2009, to attracting new businesses in 2012. Their success is thanks to a mix of support from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, economic stimulus money, CC&V Mine contributions,…

Victor’s Spin on Laundry

By Beth Dodd Nancy Hanks and her husband Chris were looking for a business close to home that would provide retirement income and was not labor intensive. They decided that a laundromat fit the bill because it was needed by the community and recession proof. As we all know, there’s always more dirty laundry. The…