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City Data

  • Population: 415,000
  • County: El Paso
  • Elevation: 7,000ft

History

Manitou Springs, at the foot of Pike’s Peak, was sacred ground for ancient Ute and other Indian tribes. The mineral spas in the area promoted wealthy whites in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Colorado City was a prosperous gold mining town, but is now virtually non-existent as the City of Colorado Springs grew around it. Investor’s in the tourist industry created the Broadmoor and Antler’s Hotels which are still city landmarks. Several mining towns around Pike’s Peak still exist, the most well-known being Cripple Creek which is a gambling town. Cheyenne Mountain is located next to Pike’s Peak and is the site of NORAD. The “Old Cog Railroad” is an historic train from the old mining days, still in operation serving tourists up and down Pike’s Peak. Miramont Castle was originally built by for a French born Catholic Priest and is another site at Pike’s Peak. Also, the “Garden of the Gods” park is a popular tourist attraction.

Trivial Factoids

  • Colorado Springs is the home of Peterson Field Air Force Base, Shriever Air Force Base, The Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
  • The nearby “Ski Cooper” resort was originally a military training area for the ski patrols
  • The United States Olympic training center as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee Headquarters are located in the city.
  • The “Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame” and “Museum of the American Cowboy” are in Colorado Springs.
  • “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” was filmed in Colorado Springs.

Notable Residents

  • Peggy Fleming (Athlete)
  • Goose Gossage (Athlete)
  • Lon Chaney Sr. (Actor)
  • Rick Barry (Athlete)
  • Charles M. Schulz (Cartoonist)
  • Marceline Day (Actress)

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