Thursday, May 26, 2011

BEWARE THE GARB OF A PEACOCK…THIS DAY IN FORT COLLINS.

BEWARE THE GARB OF A PEACOCK…THIS DAY IN FORT COLLINS. While doing research for our tour I’ve run across some interesting ads and information. The ad below is dated exactly 124 years ago today, Thursday, May 26th, 1887 and it was published in the Fort Collins Courier. It is a wonderful musing about Welsh Wisdom. The early Fort Collins community had a lot of Welsh immigrants who had come here possibly for the mining opportunities in Manhattan Creek west of Red Feather Lakes. During this time Manhattan held a lot of promise for prospective silver miners and an occasional and fortunate find would cause a lot of excitement with Fort Collins residents.  The Welsh were expert miners in their own country in the early 1800’s, and Manhattan Creek was fortunate to have their expertise and technology of the day.  The expected fortunes of Manhattan Creek didn’t “pan” out, and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of the 1890’s didn’t help the miner’s plight as well.  By the 1930’s Manhattan Creek was non-existent. As I know from stories of my own great-great grandfather, who was a Welsh miner, they were most likely a lively group and I have run across literature regarding Celtic festivals they would have in the streets of early Fort Collins to celebrate their wonderful heritage. Enjoy the ad below. Thanks for all of your support Fort Collins!  Join Haunted History After Dark for a guided walking tour tonight! Email hauntedhistoryafterdark@yahoo.com for more information, or visit our facebook page at hauntedhistoryafterdark. YOUR HAUNTED JOURNEY STARTS AT DUSK!

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