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  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
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  • Historic Building of Manitou Spa - 2005
    Historic Building of Manitou Spa - 2005
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  • Stratton Spring
    Stratton Spring
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    Manitou Springs City Hall

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007
    Manitou Springs City Hall

    Favorite thing:
    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.

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    Cliff House Hotel

    by OlenaKyiv Updated May 29, 2007
    Cliff House Hotel

    Favorite thing:
    The town of Manitou Springs grew up around the gold mines in the Pikes Peak area in the late 1850s. The structure that became the 20-room boarding house known as "The Inn" originally was a stagecoach stop on the route from Colorado Springs to Leadville, one of the most famous stagecoach runs of the American West.

    In 1886 Edward E. Nichols, who came to Manitou Springs to fight tuberculosis, bought The Inn, renaming it The Cliff House and converting it to a sophisticated resort hotel that capitalized on the sparkling waters and mineral springs in the region. In the 30 years that followed the founding of the Manitou Bath House Company, Nichols expanded the hotel from 20 rooms to 56, and eventually to 200.

    (to be continued - see next tip)

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    Address: 306 Cañon Avenue
    Phone: 719-685-3000
    Cliff House Website

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    Cliff House Hotel

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007
    Cliff House Hotel

    Favorite thing:
    California real estate developer James S. Morley bought The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in 1981, turning the historic building into a 42-unit apartment building. But in its second disaster of the century, the building caught fire in March, 1982, the fourth floor roof sustaining so much damage it had to be replaced. In addition, the interior was stripped of all plumbing, plaster and floor coverings. The water damage sustained from the fire was so extensive as to threaten the very existence of the building, so immediate action was taken to preserve what remained. Due to the local economy, the building stood vacant for 16 years.

    In 1997, Morley committed to the restoration, vowing to restore the hotel to its original distinction and fame, preserving the Rocky Mountain Victorian architecture of the 1800s, but incorporating 21st Century state-of-the-art technology and amenities. $9 million worth of restoration, refurbishing, and loving care have realized this vision.

    Address: 306 Cañon Avenue
    Phone: 719-685-3000
    Cliff House Website

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    Historic Building of Manitou Spa

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007
    Historic Building of Manitou Spa - Spring 2007
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    Favorite thing:
    This was the Historic Building of Manitou Spa, a resort place with mineral springs and bathes. For long time it was shut down without any use. Although it still looked nice outside, you could have noticed the desperate condition of its inside. In 2006 the building’s restoration began, and now the ground floor is taken by café, and I am not sure what will be on other floors.

    Fondest memory:
    I really regret that this spa is not popular anymore, because I deeply believe in healing effect of mineral waters, and it would be good to have such spa nearby.

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    Miramont Castle Museum

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007
    Miramont Castle Museum

    Favorite thing: Jean Baptiste Francolon, a French Roman Catholic priest, became the parish priest of Manitou Springs in 1893. After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1894, Francolon began building Miramont Castle, incorporating nine styles of architecture from memories of his family home and travels with his diplomat father. The four story building was constructed mostly of Manitou greenstone.

    Francolon and his mother, moved into the Castle in 1896. They lived there until 1899, when tget abruptly left the area and sold the property to The Sisters of Mercy, who opened a sanitarium there in 1904. The institution closed in 1928; thereafter only visiting Sisters from other parishes stayed at Miramont.

    In 1946, Miramont was sold and converted into apartments. By July 1976, the Manitou Springs Historical Society purchased the derelict property and restored it with the help of many local volunteers.

    Castle Opened:
    Memorial Day – Labor Day 9 am to 5 pm Tue-Sun
    Labor Day – Memorial day 10 am to 4 pm Tue-Sun.

    Address: 9 Capital Hill Avenue (take turn up Ruxton Ave on the corner with Stratton spring (Girl’s sculpture)).

    Phone 719-685-1011

    Miramont Castle Web Site

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    A condo complex

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

    Favorite thing: A condo complex on the photo was built just recently. Downstairs have stores and upstairs residential apartments. Those condos cost enormous money, something around $400-500 grand, mostly because of the expensive store square footage downstairs.

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    Bank of Manitou Springs

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Bank of Manitou Springs

    Favorite thing:
    Now it is not a bank, but a souvenir shop. Stays on its own, however, in old times, it was surrounded by other buildings. The check books, bank stamps, and other bank stuff you can see at Miramont Castle Museum, Manitou Springs, in the bedroom of priest’s mother, Marie Francolon de Beaulieu.

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    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

    by OlenaKyiv Updated May 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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

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    Wheeler Town Clock

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing:
    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.

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    Navajo Spring

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Store behind which the spring is located

    Favorite thing: Navajo Spring is located beneath the present popcorn and candy store. Navajo Spring, a natural soda spring, attracted the Indians and settlers, which led to the establishment of Manitou Springs. Its water supplied a large bath house (spa) and a bottling plant. This Manitou Water was famous across the nation.

    Fondest memory:
    Unfortunately the location of this so famous in the past spring is not very attractive, so I don’t know whether I would like to take water from there. But maybe I am mistaken. The spring is behind the store, under cover, and I think even residents of Manitou Springs don’t know about creek’s fame in the past. Also I think this spring's waters were used in old Manitou spa across Fountain creek.

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    Stratton Spring

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Stratton Spring

    Favorite thing: Stratton Spring was drilled by the Stratton Foundation as a service to the town, where popular pedestrian and traffic routes follow earlier Native American trails. Spring is coming out from the well with a sculpture of a girl.

    Located near restaurant Loop.

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    Mineral water bottling industry in Manitou

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Bird sculpture on Manitou Avenue

    Favorite thing: By the mid 1870s, the bottling industry had begun producing bottled mineral water for the public benefit. Manitou Table Water, (recharged with natural gas), Manitou Ginger Champagne, (the only product with an added ingredient), and Ute Chief Mineral Water were a few of the many bottled waters sold and shipped directly from Manitou Springs. By 1911, half a million estimated gallons of spring water were being bottled.

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    Why is it "Manitou"?

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Manitou Avenue

    Favorite thing:
    When Palmer bought the soda springs and surroundings area for development in 1870, he called Indian waters “La Font”, a touch of elegance. An English friend, William Blackmore, persuaded Palmer to change the name to “Manitou”, after an Indian figure portrayed in Hiawatha, a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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    Fountain Creek

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007
    Fountain Creek
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    Favorite thing:
    Fountain Creek is flowing just across the town. The funny thing is that stores and restaurants hanging above it, and some of them even built on the top of it.

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    Barker House

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007

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    Barker House

    Favorite thing: Manitou Springs has many historic buildings, that used now as stores, restaurants, hotels, and residencies. One of them is Historic Barker House.

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