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Summit House moves forward

In 1999, then-Congressman Joel Hefley secured a budget earmark for $1 million, funds that could only be used for planning and design work on a proposed new Pikes Peak Summit House, designated as a priority in the 1998 Pikes Peak Master Plan. Fifteen years later, those funds remain untouched. But the project finally could be… Continue Reading Summit House moves forward

Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

Until the early 20th century, Colorado Springs residents enjoyed virtually unfettered access to the forests, fields and lakes of the city’s mountain backdrop. In the early 1870s a trail led up Cheyenne Canyon, through Jones Park, to Seven Lakes and on to the summit of Pikes Peak. Cabins and homesteads dotted the slopes, and one… Continue Reading Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

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Times were a lot simpler in the 19th Century. If you were a European explorer wandering through the Colorado mountains, you gave names to rivers and mountains, lakes and creeks, and whatever else caught your fancy. A mountain long known as Tava became James Peak, then Pike’s Peak, and later lost its apostrophe to become… Continue Reading Fountain River – change the name and the image

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Cities are not born by accident. New York, San Francisco and New Orleans began as seaports, gateways to a vast, unsettled country. Heartland metropolises such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Denver were commercial hubs that sprouted from the growth and prosperity generated by the industrial revolution. No one individual created any of those cities.… Continue Reading Pikes Peak still can turn rocks into revenue

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Pikes Peak open to cyclists Jan. 1

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The city’s parks and recreation department and the U.S. Forest Service are giving cyclists a holiday present: unescorted bike trips up Pikes Peak all year round, starting Jan. 1. The decision came after a pilot program proved to be both popular and successful, said program director Karen Palus. All riders must complete a use agreement… Continue Reading Pikes Peak open to cyclists Jan. 1

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Marathon runners have ascended to the top of Pikes Peak; race cars have sped to the top of  America’s Mountain. Now, it’s time for the mountain to be conquered by cyclists. Colorado Springs, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, set up a pilot program to allow bicycles on the Pikes Peak Highway from Sept.… Continue Reading Pilot program allows bicyclists to ride up Pikes Peak Highway in September

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Cog railway open, expecting a bad summer

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The Pikes Peak Cog Railway carried tourists to the top of “America’s Mountain” for the first time Thursday since the Waldo Canyon fire broke out Saturday afternoon. “Our phone has been ringing off the hook since we made the announcement this morning,” said Dave Donatto, traffic manager for the cog. “The reaction has been really… Continue Reading Cog railway open, expecting a bad summer

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A group of Colorado Springs leaders want to make a video of locals singing America the Beautiful and they hope it goes viral. It’s an attempt to market the Pikes Peak region. They are calling the singing project Pikes Peak Sings, and they are hoping people from across the community will participate. City Councilman Tim… Continue Reading Local group seeks singers for America the Beautiful video

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Two community leaders have embarked on an effort to raise money to replace the Pikes Peak Summit House. Continue Reading Unlikely duo launch effort to replace Pikes Peak summit house

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Colorado Springs named top weekend getaway

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Because of its views of the “purple mountains majesty,” Colorado Springs is listed in the top 10 “Best Weekend Getaway” list in a recent U.S. News & World Report Travel article. The list highlights destinations with “just the right ratio of relaxation and entertainment to leave you rejuvenated and ready to return to the grind… Continue Reading Colorado Springs named top weekend getaway

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