The citys plan to rename Goeglein Gulch Road College Drive should be seen for exactly what it is: part of a blatant attempt to eliminate the history of Durango.
There are secret plans to rename Buckley Park as soon as people cant remember the Buckley brothers. They want to call it 9-R School Administration Park to eliminate any confusion.
Park Avenue is going to become Library Drive so people will know where to get their books.
Come on, elected leaders, its not that tough. When you get to the west end of College Drive, there is a big sign that says Fort Lewis College with an arrow that points the way. It is impossible to make a wrong turn driving up that road. It is more likely that someone would be traveling the wrong way on College Drive and think the DoubleTree was the Campus in the Sky.
And it is not correct that the Goeglein family disappeared in the late 1800s. Im pretty sure I had a beer with Bobby Goeglein at his home in Farmington a few decades ago, and his family still lives there.
Theo Goeglein was a blacksmith who worked for Harry Jackson before starting his own shop in the alley east of Main Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. He lived at 661 E. Seventh St. His sister Clara worked for early Durango pioneer John Turner.
These people were part of the pioneer history of the town. They contributed to making the town what it is. To arbitrarily replace historic names for no good reason is disrespectful.
Durango is what it is, in large part, because of the college. But to spend time and money changing signs, maps and addresses to eliminate confusion doesnt make sense.
Has anyone actually seen anyone sitting at the corner of College and Goeglein totally lost and confused? They are much more likely to be confused by the lack of an adequate parking facility in the downtown area.
Jackson Clark, Durango