Rodeway Inn Manitou Springs
103 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 80829-2426, United States
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Wheeler Town Clock
Jerome Wheeler donated this clock in 1889 for the opening of the Manitou Mineral Water Bottling Company. The clock, cast in Italy, was also a fountain. Water flowed from stylized dolphin heads into bowls; the lower bowls allowed a drink. The statue on top is of the goddess Hygeia, daughter of Aesclepius, Greek god of health and medicine.
Wheeler was a vice president of the family business, New York’s Macy’s department store, until coming west in 1883 for Mrs. Wheeler health. Wheeler became a millionaire from Leadville and Aspen mining investments. He founded banks in Aspen, Colorado City, and Manitou Springs, helped organize the Manitou Mineral Water Company, the Colorado City Glass Factory, the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, and the Colorado Midland Railroad. Wheeler lost much of his fortune in the 1893 Silver Panic and its ensuing lawsuits.
Manitou Springs City Hall
The building was built as an additional building of Mansions Hotel, torn down in 1925. After the death of the owner. Mr. Earnest, including Mansions Park to the rear, was offered to the City of Manitou Springs. The voters decided to purchase Soda Springs Park instead. A large dancehall addition was constructed in the 1920s, when the building was known as Lorraine Gardens. For years, it was used as a roller skating rink and still has the maple floors of that period.
During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps used this building for their headquarters. The City purchases the building in the 1940s, leasing it for $1 for use as a United Service Organization facility during WW II. Today the City Hall houses government operations and is used by individuals and groups for gatherings of all types.
You get the best views from Eagle's Nest, after climbing 185 steps. Okay there is also an elevator....
The falls are pretty small but nice to look at.
You can also walk up 224 steps along the falls (and there is no elevator). To hike to the midnight fall will take you another 20 min. This hike leads through a wonderful forest where you can hear and observe many birds.
Seven Falls is open year round.
"THE CLIFF DWELLINGS"
NOT FAR FROM THE SPRINGS, MAKES A GREAT DAY TRIP.
IT HAS A QUITE OVERSIZED GIFT SHOP BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT'S QUITE INTERESTING HOW IT'S STILL STANDING RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY
IT'S REALLY COOL BEING ABLE TO CLIMB AND WALK AROUND THE DWELLINGS AND LEARN A BIT MORE ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS... THIS IS A PART OF COLORADO I HEARD LITTLE ABOUT AND IT WAS GREAT TO FIND A PLACE LIKE THIS
THE MUSEUM IT'S QUITE INTERESTING TOO, YOU GET TO SEE UTENSILS AND A WHOLE LOT OF EXPLANATIONS TO IT ALL... SO NO NEED FOR A GUIDE AT ALL!
MORE INFO HERE: http://www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com/
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