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Colorado Springs Local Information                                         

History

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

Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor's Bureau

City of Colorado Springs Homepage

Local Dining

Pikes Peak MLS Listings

United States 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 Beautiful."

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo      Live Giraffe Cam!

Colorado Springs Sky Sox -- AAA Baseball team affiliated with the Colorado Rockies

Flying W Ranch -- Chuckwagon style dinner and Western show.  Family fun!

Ski Information

 

 

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