When Gary Goodson Sr., a “Bonnie Blue Society” recognized civil war historian, published author of "Slaghts/Fairville/Shawnee, Colorado" Historical Sketches 1859-2005 books I-II-III & IV, and long time Shawnee resident historian heard that Shawnee was now eligible as a historic district. He decided to “knock on doors and make phone calls” to Shawnee neighbors to raise the needed funds for a historically informative “Shawnee Historical Marker.” Goodson's efforts eventually raised some $2,400 in donations and thus procured enough funds to have a beautiful all silver aluminum with black 1” letters, a 47- by 41-inch sign manufactured text on both sides. A line at the bottom says, "Contributed by the citizens of Shawnee – 2009.” As the needed funds were near completion Goodson began asking for history oriented neighbors to form a Shawnee Historical Marker Committee and two fine volunteers Brian Heber and Vince Tolpo stepped up to assist. The history of the small town of Shawnee is printed on both sides and is located some five miles west of Bailey along U.S. 285 in Park County. Donated by the Citizens of Shawnee - 2008
Contributors to the Shawnee Historical Marker:
A unveiling and dedication followed by a potluck will be held on Dec. 20 at 1:00 P.M. at the Shawnee Store in the middle of town next door to the Shawnee Post Office. The unveiling of the sign will be done by Ron Graham, the 75-year-old grandson of W. H. "Harry" Price of the historic Shawnee founding Price family. Goodson said the new all aluminum history sign is similar to those used at virtually all Civil War battlefield sites and is used extensively for most historical sites throughout in the East; more importantly requires virtually no maintenance.
This sign is a beautiful aluminum marker. It will still be here 100 years after I'm gone," Goodson said. The text on the Shawnee Historic Marker dedicated Dec. 20 - researched by Gary Goodson and Vince Tolpo, research and written text by Brian Heber
Members of the Shawnee Historical Committee
(left to right) Shawnee founders Great Grandson, Ron Graham did the unveiling,
Gary Goodson - Chair, Vince Tolpo and Brian Heber
Clayton Stoltz Shawnee resident and Chairman of Gary Goodson Shawnee Historical Marker Committee.
Brian Heber, Shawnee Historical Marker Committee & Shawnee Historical Marker text writer and Shawnee resident Clayton Stoltz
Sons of Rest
Mr. Gary Goodson,
Great to talk to you the other day. I needed to call you and let you know how wonderful your new Shawnee History Book IV "Slaghts/Fairville/Shawnee, Colorado" is to read!
The Prices were not very good at keeping our family history in written form. We are again greatful that you took the time and energy to gather and write so much information.
We are sending you a photo of the photo (shown on pg. 68) listed as Sons of Liberty bench. My grandfather Harry Price had a great sense of humor. The bench was the "Sons of Rest" bench because they would sit and rest. Another point, Sawmill Creek (with sawmill) was below Split Rock, as a point of reference, where my great-Uncle Jim (my father John Price named me for) used to get his lumber to build houses.
by Gary Goodson, Sr.
($20.00 for members of the Park County Historical Society
or Shawnee Historical Society)
A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Shawnee Historical Society
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