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13 things they may not have told you about living in Colorado Springs

Welcome to Colorado Springs. Here are some things you may want to know.

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If you’re craving something offbeat, visit Manitou Springs

Surely one of the most eclectic places on the planet, Manitou Springs is next door and hosts fruitcake tosses, coffin races, Mardis Gras, ghost tours and much more. It’s also the home of the famous incline, a trek on every avid hiker’s bucket list.

Christian Murdock

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Flip flops and shorts are considered all-weather apparel

Flip flops and shorts are considered all-weather apparel

We are a hearty bunch.

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You’re in the Army (and Air Force) now

You’re in the Army (and Air Force) now

Just under 40 percent of the Colorado Springs economy comes from its sizeable military presence. Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy, Peterson and Shriever Air Force bases and more call Colorado Springs home.

Christian Murdock

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Not all of our statues are in the middle of the street

Not all of our statues are in the middle of the street

No offense meant to General William Jackson Palmer, but the intersection of Platte and Nevada avenues is a driving hazard.

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Personnel enter the heart of NORAD through the main blast door Wednesday, August 21, 2002. The events of September 11, 2002 posed the only threat in NORAD's history that actually caused the blast doors to be closed. Mark Reis photo

We have the world’s greatest place to survive the zombie apocalypse

Forget abandoned prisons or Alexandria, zombies have no chance at getting to you if you’re hunkered down in Cheyenne Mountain.

Mark Reis

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There's no need to go “from sea to shining sea” to see “purple mountain majesties” and “amber waves of grain”

There's no need to go “from sea to shining sea” to see “purple mountain majesties” and “amber waves of grain”

Just do what Katherine Lee Bates did and head to the summit of Pikes Peak. This was the view from the Pikes Peak Camera on April 12, 2017. This is the view on most other days as well.

City of Colorado Springs

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The guy in front of you isn’t drunk – he’s dodging potholes

The guy in front of you isn’t drunk – he’s dodging potholes

Potholes here can cost you a tire. Or an axle. Or swallow your car whole.

Jerilee Bennett

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We’re always on fire

We’re always on fire

It’s not just the big fires like Waldo Canyon or Black Forest. There are also countless brush fires, car fires and abandoned building fires. Firefighters who accept a job in Colorado Springs have that “looking for a challenge” personality.

Jerilee Bennett

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I-25 is always under construction

I-25 is always under construction

If you haven’t seen a cone zone for a while, check your GPS. You’re likely on the wrong highway.

Christian Murdock

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We are Santa’s navigators

We are Santa’s navigators

NORAD, which is based at Peterson Air Force Base, has tracked Santa on Christmas Eve since 1955.

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Shoveling a path to your grill is a perfectly normal thing to do

Shoveling a path to your grill is a perfectly normal thing to do

A little snow isn’t going to keep us from burgers and hot dogs.

Gazette reader Julie Fitzgerald

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There aren’t really any springs

There aren’t really any springs

Manitou Springs has springs. Glenwood Springs has springs. We have, well, this.

(This is the site of Tahoma Spring, an alluvial hot spring in Monument Valley Park)

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You’ll need supplemental oxygen to visit the zoo

You’ll need supplemental oxygen to visit the zoo

Not only is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the highest-elevation zoo in the United States (6,800 feet), it’s also built on the side of a mountain! Hint: Take the shuttle or the Sky Ride to the top and work your way down the mountain.

Jerilee Bennett

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