(All photos in this slideshow are by Helen and James McCaffery, courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Best viewed in full screen mode by clicking on arrows in lower-right corner of slide show)

Warning: For those who imagine a quaint and walkable downtown Colorado Springs full of beautiful buildings, apartments [...]

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In the late 19th and early 20th century, a few names dominate the history of Colorado Springs, especially with regard to the gold mines of Cripple Creek. The spectacular wealth of Spencer Penrose, Winfield Scott Stratton and Jumpin’ Jimmy Burns tends to overshadow the stories of the men who worked one or two levels [...]

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As part of Historic Preservation Month and in conjunction with the local Historic Preservation Alliance, The Big Something will feature one post per week during the month of May about local history through the eyes of some of the members and friends of the Alliance. This week we speak with John Haney, [...]

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More like a museum than any mere “shop,” Bryan & Scott Jewelers in downtown Colorado Springs is a window into a disappearing way of life few of us will know, but all can appreciate (if not envy). In this video on the eve of what could be the store’s last days, Roberto Agnolini talks about how he got into the business of design and what it has meant to him over the years.

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Williams Canyon Then & Now

On October 19, 2010 By

If you missed the aspens in the mountains, Fall is just getting started on the cottonwoods and gambel oaks in the lower elevations and the mild weather looks to hang on in the 60s through the weekend. This past weekend we went to one of our favorite in-town hikes: Williams Canyon.

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The Birth of a Station

On September 28, 2010 By

A few months ago, we had the pleasure of meeting Donald Montgomery, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, a Colorado College alumnus, and one of the student broadcasters for KRCC in the mid-1950s shortly after the station was set up on campus by “Chief” Tyree.

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Last summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, aka The Honeymoon Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. Here are those photos along with some historic photos and information we were able to unearth.

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Though its future lies in the cross-hairs of the economy, Rock Ledge Ranch at the foot of the Garden of the Gods continues to preserve “living” treasures of our local and national history and culture. This video gives a glimpse of our important past at Rock Ledge Ranch.

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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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(“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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This Valentine’s Day we want to send a giant Valentine to the Pikes Peak Library District’s Special Collections not only because books and libraries are the greatest, but also because the PPLD also has such fantastic online resources such as free access to newspaperarchive.com, a service (which costs money for folks without [...]

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(“Transferring the Deed” by A. Newman, 1909. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-4090.)

From 1909 to 1947, a hive of octagonal, green-and-white huts just big enough for one person dotted the grounds of Modern Woodmen of America’s Sanatorium tucked away against the foothills in Woodmen Valley [...]

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This past summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), aka The Honeymoon Lodge, one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. We did [...]

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