Showing posts from October, 2017

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…