Trinidad takes steps to honor twelve Legends of History seen on new banners hanging throughout the District.
Sponsored in part through Trinidad’s Main Street program, the City has chosen twelve legends from our town’s history as the focus of new banners now hanging throughout the Creative District. Acknowledging that our town is the sum of its diverse and exciting past, and that the strongest drivers of our amazing history have always been the people who walk the streets and meet the challenges, we must always understand what happened in the past in order to create a shared and authentic vision for our future.
The banners went on display in August, which include early heroes such as Sister Blandina Segale and Bat Masterson, along with strong and sometimes infamous voices such as United Mine Worker champion Mother Jones, notorious gangster Al Capone, modern dancers Eric Hawkings and Martha Graham, and local characters such as Dick Wooten and A.R. Mitchell.
Actors depicting these legendary characters have started to appear at local events.
Starting in January, 2016, one legend each month will be the focus of community activities planned to educate the public and celebrate the impact these interesting characters made on our community through the stories and myths that have survived.
Trinidad grew exponentially between the 1870s and the 1880s. This same type of growth may be happening again in this decade. We’re seeing some interesting parallels in the pioneering spirit and passions of our citizens today.