Above photo:   THE DANCE AT ROLAND BARN IN PENROSE, COLORADO.

                                      This photo shows a barn dance at the Rowland Farm in Penrose around the turn of the century.

Penrose History:

The early history of Penrose began on the banks of Beaver Creek, east of present-day Penrose. In the early 1860’s, pioneers from Iowa
settled along Beaver Creek with its lush grass, plentiful game, and wild fruit.

By the early 1900’s, the Beaver Creek area caught the eye of Spencer Penrose. He was a businessman in Colorado Springs, with a knack for
making money. His fortune had been made from Cripple Creek gold and he decided there was money to be made in Beaver Creek water. He
organized the “Beaver Land and Irrigation Company” and began buying water rights along the creek. By 1907, his company began building the
Schaeffer Dam and Lake Mc Neil, which were west of present-day Highway 115. The project took over two years to complete and was a
massive earth-moving enterprise.

Canon City Daily Record article from 10/21/2010

                                                                       Enter Death's Door

                                Terror lurks for those brave enough to visit Penrose haunted house

                                          The old original Penrose School is no longer used but is still standing at 100 Illinois Street

                                                  Above photo is from:

Carie Canterbury,The Daily Record
Posted: 10/21/2010 05:21:35 PM MDT

Only the bravest of the brave will attempt to make their way through Deaths Door and trudge through a journey of two terrifying stories in a
vacant school who some believe truly is haunted.

The Penrose Park and Recreation District will host its sixth annual haunted house for four nights at the former Penrose Middle School, and
organizers say the event is much more than just a guy jumping out from behind a wall.

This building by itself for people like me who went here is creepy, said Stevee Schwartz, program director for Penrose Park and Rec. In middle
school you always heard the stories of the girl who hung herself in the basement, and we share that little bit of information with everybody that
comes in.

Traveling through the dark, eerie, narrow walkways spine-chilling sound effects, ghostly scents and spooky lighting will amuse all the senses.
Terror is in store in each of the 11 rooms, including an electric chair, butcher shop, voodoo hut, graveyard, Freddie Kruegers room and a
monster ball.

Terri Gosnell, secretary for the Penrose Park and Rec. board, said previous visitors will not know what to expect this year.

Every year, they start in a different area of the school, Schwartz said. Its switched up every year.

Even over the course of the four nights, things are changed a bit to surprise repeat visitors.

Last year, some people compared us to Buckskin Joe, which was a huge honor, Schwartz said. With them closing, were really trying to push it
this year so we can get more people.

In the past six years, Penroses haunted house has grown to be a big success, Schwartz said, and has attracted people from Colorado Springs
and Pueblo.

All ages are welcome, but children are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds benefit the Penrose Fourth of July celebration,
Apple Days and future haunted houses.

Admission is $10 per person and discount passes are available at Caon National Bank in Florence and Kwik Stop in Penrose. Deaths Door is
located next to current Penrose Elementary School at 100 Illinois.

The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as Oct. 29 and 30.

The Oct. 29 event will coincide with the fall carnival at Penrose Elementary School, 100 Illinois St.

Publish Date: 10/21/2010

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