Committee Raises $465,000 to Restore Historic Barn

As of April 2018, the Goodnight Barn Historic Preservation Committee has raised $465,000 to help restore the historic Goodnight Barn structure. This is considered to be the most significant of the state’s agriculture or ranching structures.

In the late 1800s, Charles Goodnight, a dynamic cattle baron who dominated the West, traveled to and from Texas to Canada via horseback driving cattle herds to market. Goodnight is one of the storied characters of the West; he and his longtime friend, Oliver Loving, were former Texas Rangers. In July of 1870, he married Mary Ann “Molly” Dyer at the Rock Canyon Ranch near Pueblo. Goodnight, after years of working as a successful cattle herder, had planned to make this is permanent home.

Unlike many barns of the 19th century, the Goodnight Barn was built of stone. The family lived on the ranch for several years; unfortunately, when the economy suffered a downturn in the 1880s, Goodnight was forced to sell the ranch and head back to Texas. Here, he rebuilt his fortune.

Though Goodnight’s stay in Pueblo was relatively short, he made a huge impression on the emerging community. 150 years later, the Goodnight Barn still stands—just off Colorado 96. It is considered to be one of Colorado’s most valuable historical structures. The community is working hard to raise money for its restoration, but the road has not been easy. The masonry alone will cost around $250,000, but the building also requires a new roof.

Organizers of the Goodnight Barn Historic Preservation Committee have raised an impressive sum to save this incredible structure. In fact, the work will be recognized with a statewide award on May 0th at the Colorado Preservation Incorporation’s 28th annual State Honor Awards Celebration. The CPI will present its Endangered Places Progress Award to the City of Pueblo for their ongoing work. With help from the community and benefactors from around the state, we hope to see the Goodnight Barn restored to its former glory.

 

Colorado Rapids Beat Toronto FC

The Colorado Rapids led from start to finish in the Saturday, April 14th 2-0 win over Toronto FC. Jack Price scored his first goal in MSL in the 2nd minute and Shkëlzen Gashi scored on a penalty kick in the 78th minute. This marks the second-straight home victory for Colorado’s 2018 season. The team also tied two matches—one against Sporting KC and the other against FC Dallas.

Both coaches, players, and fans agreed that Gashi, a Swiss-Albanian midfielder and forward player, was partly responsible for the team’s success. He was selected as the Designated Player by coach Anthony Hudson; his insertion into the game for Jack McBean in the 69th minute marked the player’s first competitive action since October. According to Coach Hudson, Gashi has a difficult preseason—he suffered an injury that prevented his participation. However, we expect to see the player getting more action as he continues to recover.

Recent speculation regarding Hudson’s habit of playing his favorite athletes was proved to be correct. Kip Colvey is known to be a favorite of Coach Hudson. The wingback was brought in as a player a team in New Zealand which Hudson managed. Colvey started the match but struggled intensely in his 39 minutes of play. He had 6 unsuccessful passes. Eventually, Hudson swapped him out with Dillon Serna, who had 13 successful passes and contributed offensively, including an 81st minute shot that almost landed.

The Rapids play their next game on Saturday, April 21st against Real Salt Lake. This is an away game, but we expect to see fans driving to the match in droves. The following game is on Sunday, April 29th against Orlando City.

 

Upcoming Charity and Non-Profit Walks

Who: March of Dimes

What: March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 21st at 10:00am

Where: City Park

 

The March for Babies is supported by the March of Dimes national organization. This event is devoted to building a brighter future for people across the country. March of Dimes raises money to expand programs and educate medical professionals to ensure moms and babies receive the best possible care. This march is designed to raise both funds and awareness.

 

 

Who: Arthritis Foundation

What: Walk to Cure Arthritis
When: Sunday, May 20th at 9:00am

Where: Washington Park

 

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Foundation’s nationwide signature event of the year. It unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. The walk is designed to both raise funding for research and provide educational materials for those struggling with arthritis.

 

 

Who: Colorado Veterans Project

What: Memorial Day Run and March

When: Saturday, May 26th

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds

 

This Memorial Day Run and March is presented by the Colorado Veterans Project. The event invites civilians, Veterans, and uniformed Military to challenge themselves in friendly competition while raising money and materials to feed homeless Veterans. The event features a 5k or 10k run and ruck march option as well as a 30k ruck march option. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to be donated.

 

 

Who: American Lung Association in Colorado

What: Lung

When: Saturday, June 2nd at 9:00am

Where: The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms

 

The Lung Force Walk is presented by Channel 2 and the American Lung Association in Colorado. The walk is designed to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and provide resources for lunch health. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, but anyone can get it. If you have lungs, get out and walk with this amazing group of people!

 

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