United States Air Force Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy chapel near Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The United States Air Force Academy is located on a 18,000-acre campus north of Colorado Springs and attracts more than 1 million tourists each year. The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center offers an overview of the academy, and several areas are open to visitors, including the landmark chapel, the fieldhouse, Arnold Hall and the Honor Court. The academy’s buildings were designed by architects Skidmore Owings and…

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Garden of the Gods Park

Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Garden of the Gods Park at the foot of Pikes Peak is a bonanza for photographers with its magnificent red sandstone formations such as Kissing Camels and Balanced Rock. Dramatic vistas can be found at all times of the day and night from multiple viewpoints. Railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins donated the 1,300-acre park to the city in 1879, stipulating that it stay open and free to…

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Staff writer The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, founded in 1936, calls itself a unique cultural pillar of the Rocky Mountain region. In its early days the center, then the Broadmoor Art Academy, operated from the home of philanthropists Julie and Spencer Penrose. Alice Bemis Taylor later established the Taylor Museum as an independent entity and donated her Southwestern art collection and 6,000 volumes of books on Americana. In the…

November 16, 2011
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Colorado Springs history

President Theodore Roosevelt visits Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

By Sue Deans Colorado Springs, originally a community of miners, was first known as Colorado City. But in 1871, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad passed through the area, and Gen. William J. Palmer followed with a plan for boulevards, schools and parks. Soon the beginnings of a town arose, taking its name from Colorado City, its predecessor, and from the mineral springs six miles west. Palmer invited his rich…

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