If you’re like us and believe that the Pikes Peak Region has an amazing past ahead of us, then you’ll be interested in attending some or all of the one-day Regional History Symposium. Sponsored by Special Collections at the Pikes Peak Library District, the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation, and The Colorado Springs [...]

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It’s DAY TWO of the fund drive and we’re rolling out some of our greatest hits. We pride ourselves in bringing you pieces like this investigation into the proper pronunciation of “Buena Vista.” Considering our regional culture from odd and unusual perspectives is our specialty. If you appreciate pieces like this we hope you’ll renew [...]

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(“Demolition of the Alta Vista Hotel on 118 North Cascade Avenue”, 1963. Photograph by by Helen and James McCaffery. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image number 266-10006.)

If you follow The Big Something, then you know that we like to practice a form of process journalism that involves [...]

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How the West Was Weird

On March 29, 2010 By

This piece originally ran as “Our (Spaghetti) Western Town” last September. It’s still among The Big Something posts with the most comments. Like the “Then and Now: Portraits of Urban Renwal” post we ran earlier this month, it seems have spoken to the gulf between how we see ourselves and how we’d like [...]

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(Pikes Peak at night. Copyright Dr. Travis Rector)

Surprise. Colorado Springs has once again become the focus of a largely negative national media maelstrom surrounding this article by Michael Booth in the Denver Post, which has made a number of rounds on the internet now. Of course, not all of [...]

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