In the late 19th Century, the residents of Colorado Springs celebrated the fertility of their thriving new city by festooning themselves and all manner of their conveyances with flowers. The Flower Parade marched the streets of downtown Colorado Springs from 1893 to 1912, when it was transformed into a more “Cowboys and Indians” type [...]

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We were just as surprised as you probably are that there’s a Southern Colorado Koi Club (socokoi.org). The club held a benefit auction that we just had to go check out. Fish named Golem, $40,000 collections, bear fences … it didn’t disappoint!

(Learn more about Japanese Carp HERE.)

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The terms “poor house” and “poor farm” have made their way into popular culture throughout the years. But the terms poor house and poor farm refer to real places. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many counties across America operated one. We found that El Paso County was no exception.

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If you aren’t a competitive figure skater, you probably aren’t aware that Colorado Springs is home to U.S. Figure Skating, The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, and an illustrious figure skating history filled with legends, triumphs and a few tragedies. This weekend will mark another historic moment with the [...]

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When we first ran this video in November of 2010 it looked as though Roberto Agnolini, longtime propietor of Bryan & Scott Jewelers in downtown Colorado Springs, was about to shutter his venerable high-end design shop for good. But then he realized it would be more expensive to close the store than to keep [...]

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As promised, here is the slide show that reveals the buildings to which the historical architectural embellishments we featured in Monday’s post belong. The images of the embellishments from Monday’s slide show are followed by historic and/or contemporary images of the whole buildings with fascinating little tidbits of information from the Historic Preservation [...]

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It’s possible that you’ve lived in Colorado Springs your entire life, spent many days and evenings walking around downtown and never really noticed—really noticed—much, if any, of the amazing architectural embellishments in this slide show. Click through the images and see if you recognize any of the features on these treasured historic buildings in [...]

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In 1983, local artist Clarence Shivers was commissioned by the Miller Brewing Company to illustrate its annual calendar celebrating the accomplishments of civil rights luminaries. We asked his wife Peggy to talk to us about the portraits. In the slide show above, Peggy takes a look back at the time in the 1980s [...]

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If you find yourself up Denver way anytime in the next few weeks, be sure to check out West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 at MCA Denver. Though it does have the faintest waft of stale patchouli and latter-day baby boomer hagiography about it (what doesn’t [...]

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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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Sometime in the late 1930s/early-1940s, Colorado Springs artist Archie Musick (whose amazing hand-built home in Garden of the Gods we profiled HERE) created a mind-boggling 75-page hand-made Christmas card booklet for his friend Laura Bunnell filled not just with words or images, but with painstakingly rendered, hand-pulled stone lithographs. Local art collector Blake [...]

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The late 1970′s and early 1980′s were a time of transition at KRCC. Station-Manager-to-be Mario Valdes was a DJ exploring the alternative realms of punk and new wave which sharply contrasted with some of the station’s other programming, e.g., the Sunday morning German show. Here, we take a look at a representative sample [...]

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For as much as Colorado Springs seems to have reinvented itself over the years, not much changes where the marketing is concerned: the natural beauty and wonder, the healthy/sporting lifestyle, curious trains and dangerous roads to the tops of mountains, exotic/luxurious attractions on said mountains, etc., the military, (oh, and the arts). Wait, did we [...]

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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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Of Art and War

On November 14, 2011 By

Ghost Army

Wartime subterfuge is as old as the Trojan Horse. But during World War II, the Army created a top-secret troop of artists called the Ghost Army to use fake arsenals, sound effects and other sleights of hand to trick the Germans. One of the artists in the troop, George Vander Sluis, [...]

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Craig Richardson interviewed Colorado Springs-based filmmaker Cyd Chartier Cohn this past week about her documentary on Colorado College professor Fred Sondermann’s journey back to Germany in 1969:

In 1969, when Fred Sondermann was presented with the opportunity to return to his native Germany, thirty years after he and his parents narrowly escaped to the [...]

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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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Evergreen Cemetery (originally Mt. Washington Cemetery) was created by General Palmer in 1875 on what was then a plot of land 10 miles from Colorado Springs. Though the cemetery has long since been surrounded by development, it’s still got 90,000 “residents” and growing. It’s still owned by the city, the individual plots are [...]

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We were invited inside the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (often mistakenly referred to as NORAD, which conducts some of its operations inside the mountain), but weren’t allowed to take pictures. The Air Force did, however, give us a disc full of seldom-seen historic construction images without captions and some publicity photos, including photos of [...]

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In the above video, produced by the Pikes Peak Library District, Katherine Scott Sturdevant talks about renowned Southwest photographer Laura Gilpin.

Below, in a video produced by Jim Sawatzki of Palmer Divide Productions, Blake Milteer of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Leah Davis Witherow of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Jeffery Brown, [...]

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Ludlow, Part 5

On October 1, 2011 By

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Click HERE to listen to Part 1.

Click HERE to listen to Part 2.

Click HERE to listen to Part 3.

Click HERE to listen to Part 4.

The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from [...]

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We haven’t been up to Denver yet, but we can’t wait to see Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs (on view now at the Denver Art Museum through January 1, 2012).

No one has captured the loneliness and beauty of post-WWII Colorado Springs quite like Robert Adams. [...]

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Ludlow, Part 4

On September 24, 2011 By

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Click HERE to listen to Part 2.

Click HERE to listen to Part 3.

The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from Craig Richardson for KRCC. Music is by Uncle [...]

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