Get Psyched for Tights!

On August 23, 2012 By

(all photos in this slide show by John Sondericker)

It’s time once again to get ourselves psyched up for the blur of logo-splattered colorful skin-tight suits on wheels that is the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. To do so we bring you Westsider John Sondericker’s fantastic shots from last year’s race of [...]

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Helen Jackson riding her bicycle past the statue of General Palmer in downtown Colorado Springs.

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Sprawling building with sign “Farmers Insurance Group” and a snow-covered Pikes Peak in background. “Speed Limit 35″ sign in at side of road in foreground. Photo identified on back as Regional Office 3500 North Nevada Avenue.

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House on Uintah Street with large bells in yard and on eaves. Car parked in front of house has bumper sticker reading “Easy Does It”.

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Aerial view of Broadmoor Hotel and surrounding buildings before the International Center was built. Broadmoor Lake, Penrose Stadium and Ice Palace are visible. Photo has identification label on back.

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Two young girls, identified on back as India Wood and friend, fishing off large rock at water’s edge at Teller Reservoir.

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Wood façade of old building with barn, stone building and windmill in background.

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Spencer Penrose and man identified on back as Col. Roscoe Turner at Cheyenne Mountain Lodge with view of Pikes Peak behind. “Pikes Peak in the distance” printed on right side of print. Caption on back reads “June 20 1936 Spencer Penrose and Col. Roscoe Turner, famous distance aviator, on top of Cheyenne Mountain Lodge.”

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Caption under similar photo: “State Patrolman Sgt. Richard Schippers and Patrolman D. C. Hower look at the body of Charles Deiter, 82, of 33 S. El Paso St., where it lies beside the remains of his crushed car. In the background is shown the 300 foot embankment down which the car plunged after leaving Colorado [...]

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View of a drained inground swimming pool. This site later became the Olympic Training Center.

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Mural depicting American Indians on horses. Painted by Bransby in 1946.

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Old dirty toilet and sink in small room with filthy linoleum floor, beaded wood paneling and pipes along walls. Dirty towel hangs on towelrack alongside sink. Small four-legged stool is in front of sink.

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View down one of the main streets of Manitou Springs, showing stores and houses built into the mountainside and mountains behind. Cars are parked in front of the Dutch Kitchen in the center of the picture.

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Column of fish.

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Planet Alley Revisited

On August 6, 2012 By

I’ve had a thing for alleys since I was little. Most of my friends lived along four blocks in the old North End of Colorado Springs that were all connected by an alley through which we had a great deal of freedom to roam. Without the speeding cars on Nevada Avenue and most adults, [...]

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Dirt alleyway in Old Colorado City with wooden garages lining the road.

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Small gathering of young men and women in the park in downtown Denver. Many are raising hands in “V” signs.

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Ren Fest Fashion Show

On July 31, 2012 By

We can’t help it. Every year we giddily don costumes and head to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado to sweat turkey grease in 100 degree heat with thousands of other dust-covered nerds in bespoke costumes for what we can only describe as the world’s largest celebration of the anachronism (see last year’s slide [...]

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Six wild turkeys crossing field. Photo identified on back as “Wild turkey. S.E. Colorado, canyon country.”

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Johnathon Gallagher appears on the list of striking Western Federation of Miners who were deported from the Cripple Creek Mining district in 1904.

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Man, identified on back as John Garrett, standing in front of Summit House on Pikes Peak holding fireworks. Photo identified on back as “John Garrett at Summit House – probably in 20′s. AdAmAn fireworks to be set off New Year’s Eve.” Stamp on back reads “Made by H.L. Standley Photographer, Colorado Springs, Colo.” Photocopied paper [...]

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Small girl holds hand on sculptured panel on wall at the Deaf and Blind School. Note on back reads “Edgar Britton Sculpture”. Photo identified on back.

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