We Were So Poor…

On March 14, 2012 By

After my grandmother died last month I had the somewhat daunting task of listening to and editing over 5 hours of interviews my mother conducted with her a decade ago. Along with the many familiar personal and family stories she told, I was also riveted by her many short accounts of life as [...]

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During one of our many sojourns in the Digital Photo Archives at the Pikes Peak Library District’s website we noticed that many of the aerial photographs taken of Colorado Springs have a decidedly tilt-shift look about them, everything looks like a minature set. Though not all have this accidental effect, these aerial [...]

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Since we’re in the midst of our 2012 Winter Membership Drive, we thought it would be fun to fire up the old Radio Time Machine and take a listen to what KRCC Membership Drives sounded like a quarter of a century ago. Before you listen, it’s important to remember that though you’ll hear some familiar [...]

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On Memorial Day, 1935, Colorado Springs suffered its greatest natural disaster when a series of thunderstorms swelled and then burst through the banks of Monument and Fountain creeks. All but one bridge spanning the creek were destroyed, not to mention the many houses and businesses that lay within the flood plain. We used the [...]

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You won’t hear much disagreement among the residents of Pleasant Valley on the West Side of Colorado Springs when you ask their opinions about the roughly mile-long concrete ditch that runs down the middle of their West Side Neighborhood at the foot of Garden of the Gods Park.

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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Bus operators, cities, and counties are receiving a financial boost after being awarded $14 million from the Colorado Transportation Commission…Lawmakers at the statehouse honored the 100th anniversary of the election of Colorado’s first female state senator.

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As the economy continues to sputter, more people are finding they need assistance making ends meet. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the programs, organizations, and issues facing the Pikes Peak region with a look at social services.

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The US Labor Department was set to impose new rules limiting the work kids are allowed to do on farms and ranches. But after an outcry from family farmers, the government is reconsidering…Colorado lawmakers advanced a proposal that would allow business owners and employees in the state the right to use deadly force against [...]

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Two GOP state lawmakers are seeking to repeal the state’s health care exchange, set up last year with the support of some top Republicans…The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says an agreement has been reached with Cotter Corp…Pueblo authorities evacuated several downtown buildings this afternoon after a woman brought three sticks of [...]

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If you’re a fan of historic images of the Pikes Peak region, you’ll love the ongoing exhibit at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum which features more than 200 images from the Pikes Peak Library District’s archives as well as those in the collection of the Pioneers Museum. The images identify that which defines Colorado Springs [...]

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Here we present our fourth installment of Tim Scanlon’s thumbnail sketches of some of Colorado Springs’ most historically significant buildings. Visit Part I of the series, HERE, Part II is HERE and Part III, HERE.

Pearl Laundry, 333 N Tejon St., Colorado Springs

Swan Funeral Home, 318 N Tejon [...]

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In our second and final installment of “A Brief History of Colorado Springs as Intrepreted via a Pile of Old Matchbooks” “A Wandering Conversation Inspired by the Presence of a Pile of Old Matchbooks” we talk about local treasures that have gone and some that remain such as the Trail Dust Steakhouse, The Hungry [...]

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When Noel Black was out a-antiquing recently, he came across a treasure trove of old matchbooks from local businesses. We dumped them out on a table and had a little chat about the matchbooks themselves and we reminisced about the businesses they advertised.

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered this year. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some of the conversations that took place this year [...]

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What began as a simple slide show examining the iconic Colorado Springs photo-op of Pikes Peak Avenue looking west toward the Antlers Hotel over the years quickly turned into an exploration of the history of the hotel itself. With Marshall Sprague’s Newport in the Rockies as our historical compass, and images from the [...]

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With the ubiquity of smart phones and digital media, it goes without saying the Occupy Wall Street movement will one of the most heavily documented events in history up to this point. It also goes without saying that much of it will be shaky, messy, blurry and confusing. Now that OWS protestors have been [...]

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We were excited to hear that the gorgeous stained glass windows at Grace-St. Stephens Episcopal Church in downtown Colorado Springs, which we’ve featured here on The Big Something in the slide show above, are now the subject of a new coffee table book by parishoners Spot Holmes, Chrys Hutka, Phyllis Kester,Marianna McJimsey, and [...]

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Many Colorado Springs residents are aware of ongoing construction at Penrose Hospital between Cascade and Nevada. Tomorrow, the former hospital guest home, known as the Stearman House, will be torn down to make room for new parking spaces. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska recently took a tour of the home and brought back this report.

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Swedish-born painter Birger Sandzén called Colorado’s scenery a paradise for painters. You can see this paradise reflected in his works in the Sandzén in Colorado exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center through January 8th, 2012. The Above video is an excerpt from a Sandzén documentary produced by Joshua Hassel which airs [...]

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Who was Henry Sachs?

On September 27, 2011 By

The short video below, produced by the Pikes Peak Library District, tells the story of one of Colorado Springs’ lesser known philanthropists.

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If you missed either or both of the last two installments of David Mason’s Ludlow, never fear: episode 1 is archived HERE, and episode 2 is archived HERE, and you can stream them at your leisure and convenience. If you haven’t already taken a listen, we encourage you to do [...]

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Charles and Bee

On September 8, 2011 By


In 1970, under the leadership of Bee Vradenburg, the Colorado Springs Symphony hired Charles Ansbacher as its new conductor and music director. At that time the symphony was nary a glimmer of what it would become with Vradenburg and Ansbacher at the helm over the next 20 years. This Friday, a free [...]

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