Discover and save creative ideas

    The 65-room Iron Springs Hotel in Manitou Springs was the first in the region to have electric lights when its own water-powered turbine became operational in 1885. In 1884, the LAW began promoting bicycle tourism with discounts for cyclists at rural inns that participated in LAW advertising programs. Country roadhouses that lost business as railroads replaced stagecoaches catered to weekend bicycle tourists and the new business of recreational tourism filled the economic void.

    Ute Pass Wagon Road #ColoradoSprings "Wow!"

    The Pikes Peak region is Ute Country. The Utes passed along the Garden of the Gods in the foothills of Pikes Peak, which they called Tava (Sun Mountain), as they traveled to and from their summer and fall hunting grounds to their winter campgrounds.

    Old Colorado City in 1860

    Million Dollar Highway was a toll road built by Otto Mears in 1883 to connect Ouray & Ironton. Another toll road was built over Red Mountain Pass from Ironton to Silverton. In the late 1880s Otto Mears turned to building railroads and built the Silverton Railroad north from Silverton over Red Mountain Pass to reach the lucrative mining districts around Red Mountain, terminating at Albany just eight miles south of Ouray. The remaining eight miles were considered too difficult for a railroad.

    Colorado Springs 1875

    Wagon train at Ute Pass - Colorado 1885

    The rarely seen back of the Hoover Dam before it filled with water 1936 - Imgur

    A streetcar line ran down West Colorado Avenue by 1905, linking Colorado Springs, Colorado City and Manitou Springs.

    First Roller Coaster - June 16 in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. It traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.

    Pompeii - this is actually a cast of the void left by a person who was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time when Mt. Vesuvius erupted that fateful day.

    Old Colorado City is the oldest city in the Pikes Peak Region. Established in 1859 became the capitol of the Colorado Territory in 1861. Brought into being by the gold rush, oil boom. To the south side of Colorado Avenue one would find saloons, brothels, and on the North, more respectable businesses. Connecting the two sides were 12 miles of underground tunnels that allowed the upstanding gentlemen to frequent the seedier side w/out being seen. Photo from 1910.

    Soda Springs in Manitou Springs - 1870. Believe it or not, the big rock on the right is the one at the Penny Arcade right behind Patsy's Taffy! I could be wrong but I don't think that is Soda Springs. The large rock on the right is the same rock next to the kiddie rides behind Patsy's. That puts Soda Springs to the right of the rock. The spot where the people are sitting is the location of Navajo Springs; it is still operating on the back wall of Patsy's.

    CRYSTAL CITY MILL #1 (Deep in the Crystal River Valley in the Elk Mountain Range in Colorado, the 1890s powerhouse of the Sheep Mountain Tunnel mine still stands outside the ghost town of Crystal City. This old "mill" used river water funneled through the long penstock to produce power for air compressors in the mines.)

    Near Manitou Springs 1877

    Ute Pass 1890...not much better than earlier picture of wagon trains on the Pass

    Platte Ave 1918

    Highway 24 - Colorado Springs

    1890 - Barker House in Manitou Springs

    Manitou Springs in the late 1800s.

    Prairie Dog O'Bryne was known for his trained, carriage-pulling elk in the late 1800s. He acquired his pair of young elk in 1888. They had been captured in North Park - probably orphaned by a hunter who killed their mother - then taken to the Stockyards on 15th Street in Denver where they were auctioned off. Prairie Dog bought them from a second owner and named them Thunder and Buttons.