by the Mayor of Olney Springs, Deb DeVore
Olney Springs is located on Highway 96 and has a population of 300. As the railroad came through the cattle ranch of Mr. Cronk a settlement sprung up and soon it grew into a town. Mr. Cronk mapped out a section of the land and recorded it as Town of Olney Springs. In 1912 the town became incorporated and the first council was formed and adopting ordinances.
Businesses in town include the Town Hall, Fire Department, library, café, cabinet shop, Post Office, a deli, grocery store and liquor store. Across from Town Hall is a Veteran's Memorial that is being built by volunteers and funded with donations. On the north side of town you will see the old School House which is now being used as a preschool. Behind the school is the Senior Citizen Center, and two blocks to the west you'll find the Olney Springs United Community Methodist Church.
For recreation there is a playground behind the Town Hall, ballpark north of town and two ponds west of town for fishing and camping. Every December we have a Chili Supper at the Senior Citizen Center with a Parade of Lights that goes all over town. After the parade desert and coffee is served back at the Senior Citizens Center and everyone is welcome. The Saturday before Christmas Santa arrives on the back of a 1946 Red Fire truck that drives up and down every street in town stopping on each block. He greets young and old with a sack of goodies and listens to their wish lists.
The majority of employment in our area is from farming, ranching and the two prisons that the town lies between. Others residents commute to Pueblo and other nearby locations. If you are traveling on Highway 96, stop in to say "Hi"...you'll be greeted with a friendly hometown atmosphere.