In 1936, Colorado Springs mega-man Spencer Penrose produced an advertorial documentary film titled Curious Colorado. The film showcases the various Penrose-owned properties and attractions of the Pikes Peak region, including the Cheyenne Mountain Auto Highway & Lodge, The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, The Mt. Manitou Scenic Incline and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Gardens, complete with cigar-smoking chimpanzees.

Special thanks to the Pikes Peak Library District for making these wonderful videos available.


One Response to Curious Colorado, ca. 1936

  1. tOkKa says:

    –>> The PPLD channel used to play these awesome films as well as many of the commercials shared here in special programs a heck of a lot back in the 1990s. They still do limitedly i believe on the library’s channel. So damn awesome !!

    The “Smoking chimps” is rather disturbing ..

    ~ t


Arts & Life


Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac