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.

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Two boys, a dog and a bicycle in edwardian era

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.

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Old Colorado City in 1860

Western Flyer Bicycle from a Western Auto ad in Life Magazine 1959

Photo of the Ute Pass Wagon Road

Philadelphia Electric Company by Martino

tandem bike

Woman Billboard Ca. 1900

Hammersmith Bridge-London 1900

Helen Hunt Jackson riding her bicycle past the statue of General Palmer in downtown Colorado Springs.

Jefferson Coates, who lost both eyes at Gettysburg and was awarded the Medal of Honor ca 1870

Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful artists' model and chorus girl over whom famed architect Stanford White lost his life. KA


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Sterling Bicycle AD (c1890~c1900), featuring Annie Oakley

Sumo wrestler riding a bicycle, Tokyo, Japan

(Circa 1885) Young boy identified as John Reed posed with a high-wheel bicycle. Note that the pedals are attached directly to the front wheel. The wheels became larger as manufacturers realized that the larger the wheel, the farther the cyclist could travel with one rotation. (Creator: Alden W. Harden)

1910 Photo