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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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Several men face Pikes Peak at Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street. In June, the U.S. Forest Service reopened the Crags on the west side of the mountain after months of removing beetle-killed trees from the Teller County woods. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES L. GILLINGHAM, STEREOGRAPHIC COLLECTION, PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 175-3853

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This stereograph, made between 1872 and 1880, shows Glen Eyrie, home of Colorado Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer. Identical photos were positioned side by side to be viewed through a stereograph, for a three-dimensional image. When built, the site of the house was 5 miles outside the city. STEREOGRAPHIC COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 175-3872

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This photograph titled “Group of Nine Ute Warriors in Council” was taken circa 1878-1883. Seven people stand behind five people who are sitting. Two of the men are dressed in threepiece suits, and nine men are dressed in Native American garb. Some of the names are handwritten on the photograph: “Jim, Ne-Gaff, Air-set-sah, Pasoon, Naleratz, Smoke” (standing), “Shavano. Piah.” (middle row) and “Emme, Kopesit” (front row). “724. Group of Nine Ute Warriors in Council” is printed on the bottom. What follows is part of what is printed on the back: “Weitfle’s Stereoscopic Views on Line of Union Pacific R. This great road begins at Omaha and ends at Ogden, Utah; distance 1,032 miles, main line, with branches comprising as many more. The scenery along the road comprises every shade, from the ocean-like prairie to the highest mountain peaks. It crosses the summit of the Rocky Mountains at Sherman, Wyoming, and 183 miles further on the Continental Divide, 7,100 ft. above the sea level, where the waters flow to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.” PHOTO BY CHARLES WEITFLE, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 175-3880

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From left to right, Adrian Mousel (19), Nick Mousel (20), Larry Renner (19) and David Renner (16) pose for a photograph with their horses. According to family member Whitley Crow, this photograph was taken when the four men from First View, Colo., competed at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo competing in the wild horse race. Originally, each saved $250.00 to take a trip in the summer of 1960 to see what life was like outside of their community. They bought four “Navajo Ponies” and three pack horses in La Junta, Colo., along with other supplies, then headed to Cheyenne, Wyo., where they participated in the wild horse race and parade at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. Ken Brookhart, president of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at Penrose Stadium, offered to cover their expenses if they came to Colorado Spring to compete in the rodeo. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-11524

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This stereographic card made between 1872 and 1878 shows the Manitou House hotel. A label on the back reads “The Manitou House is pleasantly located near the Springs and is a central point for tourists, as all the places of interest are easily accessible from it. Its appointments, accomodations (sic) and managment (sic) are excellent.” PHOTO BY JOSEPH COLLIER, STEROGRAPHIC COLLECTION, PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 175-3889

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Portrait of a firefighter: Capt. Delbert G. Green stood for a photo on May 27, 1953, five days before retiring from the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Kentucky- born Green came to the Springs in 1919 and joined the department in 1924 after his Army service. He was captain of No. 1 Fire Station 1950 to 1952, and captain of No. 2 Fire Station in his last year. PHOTOGRAPH BY STAN PAYNE, DELBERT G. GREEN PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, 439-44

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This photograph depicts the Barnetts and Penroses on a 1924 trip to Egypt, posing in front of the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Pyramid of Khafre. Prominent entrepreneur, venture- capitalist and philanthropist Spencer Penrose is remembered today for building The Broadmoor hotel, founding the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and El Pomar Foundation, and other Colorado Springs landmarks and institutions. He died in 1939, and he and his wife, Julie, are buried at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun on Cheyenne Mountain. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-7373

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All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, is pictured in September 1961. The church, built in Late Victorian/Queen Anne style, is a local landmark and state-designated historic site built in 1892 and dedicated the next year. Additions were made to the building in 1952, 1976 and 1984-85. Its Unitarian Universalist congregation was founded Feb. 18, 1891. According to the city of Colorado Springs website, prominent members of the local congregation have included Irving Howbert, Jerome Wheeler, William S. Jackson and James J. Hagerman. PHOTO BY MYRON WOOD, MYRON WOOD COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-2872

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In May 1962, Myron Wood captured this quintessentially Western scene of a young boy practicing his roping skills on a makeshift “steer” on a ranch in El Paso County. The photo was published in 1966 in “Little Wrangler,” a poetry collection by award-winning writer Nancy Wood (1936-2013), who was married to Myron Wood. PHOTOGRAPH BY MYRON WOOD, MYRON WOOD COLLECTION, 002-3105

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A man sitting below a still-life painting watches as a shirtless boy points at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in June 1960. This month, the nonprofit was renamed the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College as Colorado College took over its operations. The acquisition, announced last year, included the museum, performing arts program and theater, an art school, land and debt. Last month, the center was one of 16 Colorado arts and culture organizations, and the only local organization, to receive an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $10,000 grant will go toward a series of exhibits and programming that will begin in mid-October and run through January. “Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik: Ragnarök,” “Jennifer Steinkamp: Judy Crook” and “Steven Durow: Heartland” all pay homage to one theme: roots and what it means to be connected to the earth, the people around us, the heritage of family trees and ourselves. PHOTOGRAPH BY MYRON WOOD, MYRON WOOD COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-5807

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In this 1960 photograph, a small boy sits on the lap of one of two seated metal sculpture figures at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Sign at left advertises gallery talk. Photo identified on back as “Fine Arts Center — Henry Moore Sculptor.” MYRON WOOD PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-5809

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