(“Manitou Springs Flood,” photographer unknown, ca. 1921. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-143.)

Storefronts in Manitou showing buckled sidewalks and exposed streetcar tracks after flood. Children are crossing the street to stores.

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The Changing Colors have been one of our favorite local bands here at The Big Something for the last couple of years . Their debut album, Ghost of Red Mountain (see our 2009 post about it and listen to 3 songs HERE, and buy the album from Blank Tape Records HERE), a [...]

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A few years ago, upon the release of the film What Would Jesus Buy, I spoke with producer Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me and 30 Days fame) and director Rob VanAlkemade about the frenzy of consumerism around the holidays. The film focuses on Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping as they go [...]

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A Potter's Process

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Manitou Springs potter and all-around clay artist Mark Wong shares the magical secrets of his trade with us.

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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Registrar Michael Fox invited us down to take pictures of their collection of Manitou’s spring water bottles for the past century and narrated this brief, but highly informative history of water bottling in the region. Don’t miss all the great label designs, which you can see ore closely by watching the slide show in full screen.

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More than half-a-million people will ascend Pikes Peak by foot, bike, horse, train and automobile this summer. In 1873, Grace Greenwood, travel correspondent and the first female reporter on the New York Times‘ payroll, made the ascent by burro to the newly constructed signal station pictured above. In this first video you can listen to [...]

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Yesterday we brought you the first part of “A Local’s Unofficial Tour of Manitou’s Springs” Part 1 (which you can watch HERE). Here in Part 2 you’ll learn which spring is most likely to make you angry and which spring is named after a long-forgtotten 8’6″ basketball coach. Enjoy!

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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.

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(“Mineral Springs at Manitou” by Byron H. Gurnsey, ca. 1872. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image 001-240.)

View of mineral spring in Manitou Springs with gazebo in background. A group of well-dressed men, women and one child are gathered around the spring.

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