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A DAY IN COLORADO SPRINGS

Too Much to See, To Little Time to See it All

sunny 84 °F

Good Morning!

The storm clouds of yesterday passed and the sky is blue, temperature cool in the am, heating up in the aft. The plan for the day was to visit the Old Town area, called Colorado City, a historic section of Colorado Springs. Lunch at the famous Broadmore Hotel was also a 'must do'. Unfortunately, time did not allow visits to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy, the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the US Olympic Complex, the Western Museum of Mining & Industry or the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame. Another trip to this beautiful area is certainly a possibility.

This region is where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Inhabited for centuries by the Ute Indians (the adjacent westward State of Utah is named for them) it was not until the gold strike at Cripple Creek in Jan. 1848 that brought miners with 'gold fever' to Colorado. They, of course were followed by merchants, hoteliers, saloon operators, and 'ladies of the night'. Colorado City, as it was called, was a near 'law-less' town which claimed 21 saloons at one time. Like other gold rushes, GA in 1828, CA in 1849, SD in 1874, AK in 1894 and minor ones in 15 other states it created a westward movement of population which then settled in these areas of our country. Few found their fortunes in mining but many found prosperity in supporting the industry. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad was built in 1871 opening the region to greater commerce. Gen. Wm. Palmer saw the area's potential early on and formulated a plan of creating a playground for the wealthy here. He and his associates/investors built a planned community near Colorado City and called it Colorado Springs. They promoted it among English gentry with Polo, gentlemen's clubs, and used Tudor architecture in its buildings to appeal to the Brits. Soon it was known as "Little London". The stuffy English sought an outlet for their passions so tunnels were dug under the railroad tracks to bawdy Colorado City. They would slip over at night to the saloons and brothels unseen by their contemporaries probably only to meet some of them there, also! With the convenience of railroad passenger travel and the beauty and growing reputation of the area, prosperity followed. At the turn of the 19/20th century Colorado Springs ranked among the wealthiest cities per capita in the US. Colorado City and Colorado Springs merged to became one, now named Colorado Springs. In 1918 businessman Spencer Penrose set out to build one of the grandest hotels in the world, called the "Broadmore". He and his partners invested $32 M in today's dollars to create on 5,000 acres a resort that today, 100 years later is a destination for wealthy travelers from across the world. This week the USPGA Senior Tournament is being held at the Broadmore. Lunch at the resort is affordable and there are a half dozen restaurants from which to choose. That we did, and what a delightful experience. Words cannot describe the resort's beauty but go on-line to learn more. It is just breath-taking.

As I mentioned before, Colorado Springs is definitely a place in which to return for another visit. My problem is that there is so much to see in this beautiful country, and so much more to see! On to Denver!

Posted by dixter 07:21 Archived in USA Tagged colorado in a day spgs

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