As tourist season fast approaches, Craig Richardson goes along with locals Jim Jackson, Birgitta DePree, Don Goede and Warren Epstein for a tasting and tales from the gurgling fonts that give Manitou Springs half its name. Click HERE for Part II.


17 Responses to A Locals' Unofficial Tour of Manitou's Springs

  1. amy whitesell says:

    You are all to much. Very enjoyable, thanks!

  2. Heather says:

    What a fun way to start my day. Lots of laughs and I learned a thing or two. Maybe nudity can work it’s way into Part 2.

  3. Sarah Milteer says:

    But why was the Manitou Spa spring cursed? Why???! Great film – thanks!!

  4. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Manitou never had it so good!

  5. Jean Gumpper says:

    Great fun!

  6. Deborah Harrison says:

    What a film! I laughed and I cried, because I’m on the Mineral Springs Foundation board and just about everything you said was so wrong, yet it seemed so right. Its just a Manitou thing, I guess. Can’t wait for part 2.

  7. Mary H says:

    I think Deborah from the Mineral Springs board should do the part 2 tour!

  8. Craig Richardson says:

    Thank you for all of the wonderful comments! Deborah, we’d love to do a more official tour of the springs if you would be so kind as to serve as our guide, email me at Sarah, apparently the Soda Spring as well as the Manitou Spa Building in general were allegedly cursed by the indigenous peoples for having built upon the sacred site, however, as Warren explained, the curse was officially lifted when Chuck Murphy reopened the Spa Building following its renovation with a Native American curse-lifting ceremony. Part II, fortunately or not, depending on your perspective, will be a little more of the same, however, with Deborah’s help and guidance, perhaps there will soon be an “Official Tour of Manitou’s Springs.”

  9. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    yep… there goes a bunch of goofballs!

  10. Don Goede says:

    I just want to say for the record Jim Jackson triple dog dared me to spit on him but of course Craig left that part out!

  11. Craig Richardson says:

    Sorry Don, the camera wasn’t rolling when Jim requested your face-spitting services… Now I’m nervous about including your rage scene in part II.

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  13. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Now, the morning after the famous Unofficial Tour, Part I, I’m thinking of Manitou Springs during the early 70’s. Barefoot hippies everywhere. The fortress-like building which overlooks the Ruxton and Manitou Avenue intersection was painted a chalk yellow and referred to as Banana Manor. The waters were not so much the focus, perhaps because the air was so heavily infused with a distinctly non-medicinal substance. Darryl Murphy lived up at the Bird Cage and ran a little pre-school called Apricorn, and at the end of Ruxton Ave. was a Zen commune, complete with a guruish leader whose name I can’t remember. Zumi? Goma? I think the commune was called Winterhaven. Home births were the rage, along with tie-dying, the ubiquitous brown rice and broccoli hot dish, and all things astrtological. Manitou knew how to let let the good times roll then, as it does now.

  14. Gil says:

    So what I got from this is…

    “Don’t drink from the springs, thats where germs were discovered?”

  15. Laura Long says:

    Too fun! Thanks for the tour, guys! (And Birgitta!)

  16. Doug Shirk says:

    As one of Nancy’s “barefoot hippies” of the early 70’s, I very much enjoyed the “tour”, although I wish I could have seen more of the building. It was an absolute wreck in the time I lived in Manitou and I’m glad that someone had the ability to save it. BTW, when it came to spring water, Pete at Pete and Mary’s Resturant (next to the Pioneer Lounge) maintained that it made the best lemonade.

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