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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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This photo captures the aftermath of a March 17, 1955, automobile accident. Three people were injured when the car they were riding in slid on an icy hill and tumbled into a patio at 105 Cresta Road in Colorado Springs. The injured, Theodore Krahling and his wife, Elsie, and daughter Norma were from Green Mountain Falls. They suffered fractured ribs and head and knee bruises, according to El Paso County sheriff’s deputies. In the crash, Krahling’s car struck the home of Verne Deighton before rolling over a small rock wall and landing in Deighton’s patio. PHOTO BY STANLEY L. PAYNE, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 004-10651

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The soda fountain in the Summit House on Pikes Peak is pictured in this circa 1920 image. A sign near the ceiling reads “Dont Forget to Telegraph Home From The Summit.” Pennants that say “Pikes Peak” hang from the ceiling above the bar. The soda fountain was an oasis for hikers and motor tourists, who a few years earlier began to take advantage of an improved road to the top of “America’s Mountain.” The Summit House in existence today was built in the 1960s, although there are plans to replace it with an environmentally friendly rest stop at the top. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-10955

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This picture of Allen’s Market was part of an advertisement that appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph on June 13, 1949. The ad read in part, “Identify yourself and receive up to $2.50 Merchandising Credit. Is this your Picture? Did you buy any of the bundles you are carrying at the stores advertised in this space? If you did — you will receive $2.50 worth of merchandise credit at the store where you made your purchase.” According to communitywalk.com, Allen’s was located at 1730 N. Corona St. in Colorado Springs. CommunityWalk based the information on grocery-store listings included in the 1941 Colorado Springs Telephone Directory. The address today is the site of Sunflower Family Medicine. PHOTO BY STANLEY L. PAYNE, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 004-10645

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Workmen at the top of Pikes Peak pose in front of the half-finished Summit House, on a day in 1917. One man is wearing an apron from “The Crissy-Fowler Lumber Company.” A sign in front of the group reads “On the Summit of Pikes Peak Over 21/2 miles 14,109 ft. above sea level. Photo Number 131.” According to an article in The Gazette in 2013, this structure was the second summit house for America’s Mountain, constructed on the western side of the peak, intended to serve a growing number tourists coming up the newly improved road to the top. The building was destroyed by fire in 1953 when its boiler exploded, leaving only the original late-1800s summit house to serve tourists. That structure was demolished in 1964 to make way for the existing Summit House. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-1089

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This photo was taken June 18, 1951, and appeared the next day in the Colorado Springs Gazette. The photo caption reads: “Mrs. Earl Granger, supervisor of a newly-started nursery for children of military and civilian personnel at Ent Air Force base, cots with three children in the nursery quarters in the basement of Temple Beth-El. The nursery is for children up to 18 months of age, and one for older children is located on the base. The children (from left) are Jimmy Noonan, son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. S. E. Noonan; Carol Miller, daughter of Staff Sgt. and Mrs. H. Miller, and Tony Ward, son of Corp. and Mrs. E.A. Ward.” PHOTO BY STANLEY L. PAYNE, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 004-11778

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A racing car, carrying a large trophy, rides down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs watched by large crowd of people on both sides of street during the Pioneer Parade on June 27, 1936. Buildings visible include the First National Bank building, D&F Clothing Co. and Truby Jewelers. Although the car and driver are not identified in the photo, the date given roughly coincides with the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-5232

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This photograph taken by Stewarts Commercial Photographers in June 1936 offers a view of the Chin Whiskers Parade, swarmed by spectators, as it advances north along Tejon Street just beyond Tejon and Pikes Peak Avenue. Flags of the United States are visible in the buildings along the parade route. The First National Bank of Colorado Springs is in the right foreground across Pikes Peak Avenue from the Exchange National Bank building. Farther south on the west side of Tejon is the F.W. Woolworth Building and the Alamo Hotel. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-8359

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