Oral history interview with David Wright of Elizabeth, Colorado. Mr. Wright was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1943. He discusses making the transition from being a teacher in the California public school system to becoming a potter and moving to Elizabeth, Colorado, in 1970. He talks about why he chose Elizabeth as the place to begin a pottery business. He relates some history of the town of Elizabeth and surrounding area. He talks about the population and economic conditions of Elizabeth during the early 1970s and of his becoming involved in local politics by serving on the town board. He says he feels strongly about keeping Elizabeth a small town and fighting against rapid growth and economic exploitation. He addresses some of the social problems present in the early 1970s; particularly unchecked growth, "big money" interests, the destruction of nature and community, and commuting distance.
Pikes Peak Region Oral Histories
The Pikes Peak Region Oral Histories collection contains audio interviews with long-term residents of the mountains and plains region of central Colorado, providing unique, first-hand accounts of the life, culture and historic events of the area. These voices from the past, recorded from the 1960s to the present, bring the history of the region vividly alive, as residents recall their struggles and triumphs as they shaped our region from the late 19th century to modern times.