As part of the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project (official submission guidelines for the juried exhibition coming soon—stay tuned), we snuck into the Pioneers Museum while they were taking down a recent exhibit about the marketing of America’s mountain and snapped some of the historic postcards. Check out this gem of bad, sexist, out-of-scale [...]

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Now that there’s daylight, let’s take a look at the top of America’s Mountain.

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We know what it looks like at ground level. Here’s a peak at the Peak!

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Calling all painters, photographers, printmakers and writers of all stripes. Today we’re officially launching our year-long 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project. Based on Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (see slide show above), we’re looking to explore the myriad ways that Pikes Peak draws our entire listening area together and defines us. What [...]

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Aspen Extravaganza

On October 1, 2012 By

While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s [...]

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This past weekend’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marked its 90th running. Now the second oldest car race in the country, it began in 1916 when cars were decidedly more primitive. This quick slide show from the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photo Archive (most of which are from Stewart’s Commercial Photography) gives [...]

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Few rags-to-riches stories are as American as the story of Winfield Scott Stratton. His name now adorns street signs, buildings and parks throughout the Pikes Peak Region, but the story (embellished as it may be by this reading from Marshall Sprague’s Money Mountain: The Story of Cripple Creek Gold) of just how hard [...]

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This 1957 Chevy truck commercial was shot by Alexander Film Company on the declivities of Pikes Peak. At first it seems that this might be nothing more than a routine drive up the Pikes Peak Highway in an attempt to impress the less savvy of their would-be customers with the dramatic backdrops offered [...]

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From the office roof – a close-up look west to Pikes Peak. A taller view of this whole scene is in this adjacent photo in our stream. Old Colorado City, west side of Colorado Springs, Colorado. BombBomb Video Email Marketing Software

You can send us your photos to thebigsomething@krcc.org or upload them to our Flickr [...]

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Well, ok, it’s a room with a monolithic fire escape with a view of America’s Mountain.

(Taken with phone camera.)

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This 4th of July marked the 120th anniversary of The Independence Mine claim that made Winfield Scott Stratton one of the wealthiest gold barons in history. But as local historian Richard Marold recounts in this audio slide show, Winfield Scott Stratton wasn’t your typical gold baron, and much of his legacy still stands in [...]

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Colorado isn’t often thought of as a union state, but in the early 1890′s Cripple Creek and the greater Pikes Peak gold mining district was ground zero for labor showdowns. In 1893, President Grover Cleveland oversaw the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, which effectively destroyed Colorado’s silver mining operations, relocating thousands of [...]

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Return to Space Mountain

On February 28, 2011 By

For all the unquestionable beauty of our ubiquitous natural surroundings, even the Front Range and Garden of the Gods can become hard to truly see in any meaningful sense. Like “THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA” in Don Delillo’s novel “White Noise,” the local scenery can become advertisements for ideas about the local scenery. We thought about his as we wandered through Garden of the Gods on a warm, late afternoon last week as the sun was just about to drop behind Pikes Peak…

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(“Out of Focus Pony Ride” by KRCC)

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Terry Sullivan’s Escape from Pikes Peak

You may of heard of Terry Sullivan’s recent escape (retirement) from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau but you’ve likely not heard the story of Sullivan’s harrowing helicopter adventure on the summit of America’s Mountain.

All of us at KRCC wish Terry good luck and [...]

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Whether you like or appreciate the musicianship of this brand of metal, you’d think the fact that Jag Panzer is probably the biggest band ever to come out of Colorado Springs (in terms of album sales and international fame—see interview below) would earn them some modicum of respect here in the Pikes Peak region. Alas, few have even heard of them.

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The Original Monster Truck

On October 25, 2010 By

This historic Chevy commercial was shot on the declivities of Pikes Peak by Alexander Film Company. At first it seems that this might be nothing more than a routine drive up the Pikes Peak Highway in an attempt to impress the less savvy of their would-be customers with the dramatic backdrops offered by Pikes Peak. But then they actually drive the truck up… well, not straight , but pretty darn straight up at least a part of the mountain.

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The clarion call of Pikes Peak and the surrounding area has been answered by a multitude of people seeking a better life for the better part of two centuries. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t. This comic strip of sorts dating to May of 1859 in the Pikes Peak Library’s archives tells the tale of Honest Abner Howe and his journey to Pike’s Peak in search of a rapid fortune.

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Following World War II, Colorado Springs native Fred Schumm enrolled in the Fine Arts Center where he met photographer Myron Wood. They became great friends and Myron documented Fred’s fantastical playground sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent Parks. Craig Richardson spoke with Fred Schumm, now 85 and living in New Jersey, about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Myron Wood and the playground sculptures he constructed while working for the city. Shortly after the sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent parks were completed, Schumm was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study art in Italy.

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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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Western Skies returns to the KRCC airwaves as a new one-hour monthly program that focuses on one specific topic. This month, we’re looking at the issue of tourism. We have a round-table that discusses the past, present, and future of tourism in the Pikes Peak region. We also revisit rafting issues that cropped [...]

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Craig Richardson produced this video version of our Western Skies radio story about the “world famous” Pikes Peak donuts.

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(“Grace Greenwood”, ca. 1860. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-8837. Portrait of journalist Grace Greenwood (1823-1904). As a correspondent for the New York Times, Ms. Greenwood climbed Pikes Peak to the Army Corps’ Signal Station on November 22, 1873.)

Local arts maven Kathleen Collins reads [...]

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