Garden of the Gods Blue Frame Photo Op: Violation of Cultural Landscapes

I hate Rainbow Falls! There, I said it! Rainbow Falls, located at the extreme west end of Manitou Springs/beginning of Ute Pass. A road construction over the beautiful landmark, using a Mohawk hair design style, straight over her tributary. In my opinion, graffiti that lies outside a commercial landscape is not art. Adding it to natural rock formations, trees, dirt does not improve the medium? Why does one feel the need to place their mark on nature? Why obscure the original beauty that took billions of years to create and humankind says, “Just let me add a toluene, xylene, and acetone, three headed baby inducing, icing to make that rock complete…” Imagine my horror at the addition of a BLUE frame structure to the Garden of the Gods Park. Horrible memories of twenty-five years ago come crashing through my head.      I live in Manitou Springs and have been an active Historic Preservation Commissioner for the past eight years. I live & breathe history to defend our collective m…

How A Thanksgiving Meal Became A Beloved Pet

No one told me. No one prepared me that I would step into a world where a pet would own me as much as I owned it. A pet that assigned me a special greeting alerted to strangers as far as a dog and demanded attention as much as a cat. No one else uttered insane phrases like, “I have to get back home for “cushion time.” Confused looks were the unusual response, but I did not have the time to explain. “Cushion time” occurred every evening that summer.  Darjeeling would be waiting before he went to roost. I would place a patio chair cushion on the lawn and a large, forty pound, Broad Breasted Brown turkey would clamber into my lap, lay his head in my arms, and be serenaded to sleep. Darjeeling lived to the ripe old age of 18 months when he lumbered onto my lap for the last time. I did not understand that I would have a pet for such a small amount of time. But Darjeeling was one of the lucky ones. No one prepared me for the horror that a simple trip to the grocery store around Tha…

The Third Victim in a Murder/Suicide Mountain Tragedy, Part Two

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     After the Episode 8, Season 7, “Manifesto” aired on Homicide Hunter, October 26th, 2017, I filtered through the comments left on the show’s Facebook page. Here is a man apparently upset about the facts surrounding the car Adam Cooper stole. I messaged him and found out he OWNED the two-door 1990 red Plymouth Lazer and agreed to give us more information. We were so wrong about a lot of facts. I should have named the blog title, The Many Victims of a Murder/Suicide Mountain Tragedy. Thank you to Matt Sherwood for your help!
     First of all, I want to help with logistics in case you have not visited Colorado. Colorado Springs sits in the middle of our state. Monument is 12 miles north of the edge of Colorado Springs. Palmer Lake is 3.5 miles Northwest of Monument. One of the local newspapers reported that Adam Cooper was living with his mother in Monument.  Adam was a roommate of Matt Sherwood, and t…

The Third Victim in a Murder/Suicide Mountain Tragedy, Part One

     I was in that warm, comfortable place between snoozing and awareness in the early morning. Reminding myself that I was on vacation and could sleep in if I wanted. Suddenly, I was aware of voices on the level below moving in the direction of the door at the base of the staircase leading up to our bedroom. Footsteps were climbing the stairs. No one else had come with us. My husband, Erick, and I visited his family’s cabin nestled in the forest outside Divide, Colorado to celebrate another late June wedding anniversary. In fact, we spent our honeymoon seven years before here. With each footstep ascending the carpeted stairs my terror increased. I tried to sit up, but I was frozen. Now, they are at my bedroom door. Stainless steel terror shook my body awake to my realization of dead silence. No one was at the bedroom door. The door was open, not closed. To my horror, the scene would play out how I “dreamed” it, four months later, to an unknown man of 28 young years old in our bed…

2017 Emma Crawford Festival

The last week of October, Manitou explodes in redefining Halloween; our famous phantoms are honored and revered (never feared), actors decked out in Victorian costume eager to explain why “they” are forever here, lost “zombie” tourist wonder the back alleys waiting for you, Wakes held for a lady we never met, merchants graciously throw open their skeleton adorned doors for Trick-or-Treating, the race starting line is set, and spectators are anxiously waiting. Hold on to your wigs & …fangs? Yes, the Emma Crawford Coffin Race will be ready to begin. I hope our blog will get you where you want to be. Book your motel’s NOW because they fill up insanely quickly.

Where: Downtown Manitou Springs      When: October 1-November 1      To honor Arts Month in the Pikes Peak Region, Manitou businesses have decked out skeletons. Please come vote for your favorite dead dude! Ballots will be open until November 1st. Coincidentally, isn’t that the day before the Day …

Hidden Manitou Springs: Crystal Valley Cemetery

What does a Union General, a toddler, a pianist, a pioneer doctor, and a mummy all have in common? Four out of the five reside in a hidden cemetery nestled in a valley nook. All except the mummy which was last seen at a county fair in Seattle, Washington but started out in our Crystal Valley Cemetery. I'll explain him in a minute.

     Let me start out by describing our little historic cemetery at 406 Plainview Place, established 1882. The scene starts at a rod iron gate with Manitou greenstonewalls proudly guarding the entrance. A small building to the right is also built from Manitou greenstone and granite in the Arts & Craft architectural style. It has been used as a chapel, an office, and for storage.
Large maple and ash trees adorn the main road that weaves up the gentle climbing road. According to Find, 1,858 occupy the 20 acres with the earliest residents were transferred from a pioneer cemetery. The original site contained a massive greenstone retainin…