Colorado Springs Local Information
With abundant sunshine, blue skies, and a very temperate
climate, the Pike's Peak region is a great place to live and work. With humble
beginnings along the banks of Fountain and Monument Creeks, Colorado Springs and Old
Colorado City were initially settled in the mid 19th century. After the Civil War,
local historic icon General William Palmer was instrumental in putting the area on the map
by linking it to Denver via his own Denver-Rio Grande Railroad. Jackson helped plan
the original area as a resort community, much of downtown still bears his influence.
He was instrumental in planting thousands of trees in the area, a mix of pines and
spruces gathered from the mountains, and cottonwoods, and elms, some of which still exist
today. Others have left their mark, such as Spencer Penrose, father of the Broadmoor
Resort. Around the time of World War II, the area also began to manifest the strong
military presence still existing today, with the local area home to the Air Force Academy,
Fort Carson, and Schriever Air Force Base, as well as NORAD. Also home to the well
respected Colorado College, Colorado Springs boasts a variety of local colleges and
schools, and many many parks, legacy to General Palmer's first efforts. Want to
learn more? Check out the links below, especially the Pikes Peak Library page.
Pikes Peak Library District
Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor's Bureau
City of Colorado Springs Homepage
Pikes Peak MLS Listings
Air Force Academy
United States Olympic Training Center
Colorado College -- a
four-year nationally prominent liberal arts & sciences college, enrolls 1,900
undergraduates. Founded in 1874 at the foot of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.
Florissant Fossil Beds -- a must for
the family or the geology buff. Spectacular remains of 35 million year old redwood
forest and some of the smallest (pollen grain size) and highest quality fossils found
anywhere in the world.
Pikes Peak Highway and General
Information -- Take the whole family up the Pikes Peak Highway! Drive to the top
of America's Mountain, and see the view that inspired the writing of "America the
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Springs Sky Sox -- AAA Baseball
team affiliated with the Colorado Rockies
W Ranch -- Chuckwagon style dinner and Western show. Family fun!