I (Barb) went to and graduated from the USAFA. While the course was difficult for me, I did get to accomplish my main goal of becoming a pilot. Photo 3 was me as a plebe. Photo 4 was me as a first class.
Fondest memory: My least favorite thing was the plebe year camp (photo 2). Graduation was the best thing about going to the USAFA
There's a fantastic site of natural sandstone sculpture outside of Colorado Springs. The sculptures have various names - the ones I remember from when I was a child were the Kissing Camels (last photo) and Balanced Rock.
When my mom died, I found that she had a whole collection of antique postcards, including some of the Garden of the Gods.
Fondest memory: The site got it's name in August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods."
The area is now a city park which was deeded to the city by the children of Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad.
Favorite thing: Colorado Springs averages just 50 inches of snow per year but in its worst years snowfall can approach 90 inches over the season (as opposed to Buffalo, NY which averages over 100 inches). The unique things about the snow at this high, dry environment are that it can snow throughout 9 months of the year (except June, July, & August) but the dry conditions ensure the snow does not last too long.
Favorite thing: Downtown of Colorado Springs is not very large. You can walk through it in a short time. The most attractions as restaurants, shops, cafes are around Acacia Park, East Bijou Street, East Kiowa Street, East Pikes Peak Avenue (my favorite), North Tejon Street. In addition, Pioneer Square Park with its Pioneers Museum. Those street names exist since first years of Colorado Springs, except Colorado Avenue.
Favorite thing: The main street Pikes Peak Avenue was named by Palmer. I understand why he called this street in such a way, because if you look west, you will see Pikes Peak in all its beauty, except rainy and foggy days, of course. That is why it is my favorite.
The monument to General William J. Palmer astride his favorite horse, Diablo, is located right on the intersection of Nevada Avenue and East Platte Avenue.
The initial proposal to erect a monument to honor the General was suggested by the Chamber of Commerce following Palmer’s death in 1909, but it was not until April 1923 that city voters approved the site by a vote of 3,151 to 871. At that time, Nevada and Platte Avenues were the major north-south and east-west highways through the city. The selection of the site sparked a controversy regarding automobile safety that continues to prompt periodic calls for the statue’s relocation. Designed by sculptor Nathan Potter, with his prominent associate Chester French, it was formally dedicated on September 2, 1929.
City of Colorado Springs, Downtown Historical Walking Tour
The main street Pikes Peak Avenue was named by Palmer. I understand why he called this street in such way, because if you look west, you will see Pikes Peak in all its beauty, except rainy and foggy days, of course.
Pikes Peak Avenue has numerous monuments and statues dedicated to some person or just the piece of art. One of them is sculpture of Winfield Scott Stratton (July 22, 1848- September 14, 1902), who discovered the Independence Lode near Victor, Colorado on July 4, 1891, one of the richest gold mines ever located on earth, and became the Cripple Creek district's first millionaire in 1894. Located on intersection with Nevada Avenue.
The statue called “HANK”, the cowboy has promoted the Pikes Peak or bust rodeo since 1939. He was created and named by Stanley Reed, a staff artist with the Gazzette/Telegraph, at the request of Spencer Penrose, founder of the rodeo.
Dedicated August 5, 1997.
This bronze statue dedicated on July 23, 1988, is a gift from the Pikes Peak Range Riders. Sculptor Rusty Phelps.
I like the sculpture for its location - on the corner of Pikes Peak looking toward west. Green trees around it create a little of reality of mountain plants and undiscovered places of the West.
Other street names likely were inspired by Palmer's wife, Queen, who suggested they honor the history and geography of the West. That's why streets south of Pikes Peak Avenue have Spanish names: Cucharras, Vermijo and Huerfano (the name for Colorado Avenue until Colorado City was annexed in 1917).
Many north of Pikes Peak Avenue reflect the area's French trapper background: Bijou, St. Vrain and Cache La Poudre.
The main north-south avenues, Cascade, Tejon, Nevada and Wahsatch, are named after mountain ranges.
Favorite thing: Located just outside of town, the air force academy has exhibits on aviation and the air force program. There is also a tour of the Cadet Chapel. The grounds are huge and there are several hiking trails that begin just south of the entrance to the academy.
Favorite thing: See the sunset. There is little more beautiful than the sun setting behind Pike's Peak, and the rest of the mountains, so be sure to take time here to watch that. If possible, one of the best sunrise photos I have even gotten was here in COS, so get up early and see that too.
I used to do sound for a square dance/contra club in town (and still will, if asked). They had multiple bands come it to play. It was really fun. At first, I just did the sound, then after going for a little while, danced with them. Much English contra, and good old squares. Let me tell you a little something about Do-si-dos... no, won't bore you with that. Anyway, hence the name Dancin' Sound Man.
So, if you have any audio production needs, in Colorado Springs or Denver or Pueblo, email me!
One of my favorite speakers: Cerwin Vega T36-750
Colorado Springs is a very boring city to visit for more than one day and one night, make it a stop on your to Denver and Santa fe or somthing
People: This city is boring because of the people, they are dull and act rural. Very conservative also so dont anything questionable in El Paso county you might end up in jail or have a big fine
Cost of living: Very, very low compared to Denver. drab,boring houses go for 100,000 dollars or so.
lodging is very, very cheap in the winter
a days inn or motel 8 is about 15-20 dollars a night in January.
What to do: uhm, drive to denver on the weekends and have fun there. Lots of nice pictures to take on your trip though in the Sptings.
Sports: this place youll love if your a hiker, biker or run-climber. go to garden of the gods its very nice and take some pictures
streets: very, very hilly and no grids (90% chance of getting lost if your a tourist. of lost, go to gas stations they will always help you there.
safety: very safe city, some crime but its like a small town as far as safety goes
resturants: all the chains have them in the springs and nothing else
Overall: come to stay overnight if youre passing through, its cheap, safe and most resturants and grocries are 24hrs