St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Manitou's first library was established in 1900, in the Parish House of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church. The Reverend E.C. Bonell, rector of the church, organized a club of twelve women, including several from each church in the town of Manitou Springs. Now library has own building.
Canon Ave & Manitou Ave
Houses of Manitou Springs residents
Manitou Springs residential houses are not only located on the hills for you to train your legs’ muscles every time you climb them, but also they are remarkable by their tiny size. Many of them have only 2-3 room, and I mean rooms, not bedrooms, of a small size. Sometimes when I see how small houses outside are, I am thinking of them as hotel cabins, but not the place where people live for most of their time.
Miramont Castle - servants' rooms
The upper floor of the Castle had rooms for servants. Those days servants’ rooms were not count into total amount of room in the Castle. I can understand why, they are awfully small, so small that even one of the rooms is not shown for the visitors, because it used as a closet or some office room by museum staff. Moreover, two or more servants lived in those rooms.
Historical Manitou Springs
This small old town with its Indian flat-roof buildings, fountains with mineral water, small houses on the hills, and shops of antiques always attracted me. If I am in Colorado Springs, I will come at least for an hour to Manitou Springs to walk on its streets, watch people, eat in a restaurant, and drink bubbling water from small fountains.
Manitou Springs received its popularity for waters rising from the aquifers deep below the ground, that filled with minerals in high concentration, including the carbonic acid, which gives the water its’ bubbles. First ones who noticed the healing quality of the water were Indians that visited this valley for centuries. Major Stephen Long arrived in 1820, along with surgeon, Doctor Edwin James. It was Dr. James who wrote of the health benefits of the mineral waters. After that many rich people came to this place to heal their and their children health.
Manitou’s development quickly attracted wealthy tourists and long-staying guests. Manitou was laid out like a European spa town, affectionately referred to as Palmer’s “Little Switzerland” , with numerous public facilities and parks.
When tuberculosis was no longer a national health threat, the town became from health resort to just tourist attraction. Now tourists come to buy some souvenir, art work, Indian pottery, also walk among Victorian buildings or even to stay in a hotel of Victorian era.
Manitou Springs Web Site