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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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On Dec. 31, 1925, John Garrett stands in front of the Summit House on Pikes Peak holding fireworks. Garrett was in that year’s AdAmAn party that hiked up the mountain to stage a New Year’s Eve fireworks display. The AdAmAn Club is celebrating two 100-year milestones this year during its trek to the summit of Pikes Peak. PHOTO BY HARRY L. STANDLEY, MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-4619

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This photograph from May 1956 shows the interior of the Pikes Peak Summit House with a snowdrift blocking the doorway and a man bending to look at the floor at right. A snow-covered chair and small table with work gloves are in the foreground. Pikes Peak has been topped by a shelter and doughnut shop for more than 120 years. The current Summit House was built in 1964. Plans for a new peak structure are on hold. PHOTO BY MYRON WOOD, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-5931

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A wagon holding a crowd of men dressed in white coats and caps is pulled by four horses in mesh coats. “Iron Workers” is printed on the side of the float. The caption on the bottom reads: “Hassell Iron Works Float, Colo. Springs Flower Parade, probably about 1900. W.W. Hassell at left front.” JOHN LIPSEY PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 304-5244

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In May 1962, Myron Wood photographed Kirk Hanna on horseback in El Paso County. The photo was published in “Little Wrangler,” a poetry collection by his wife, Nancy C. Wood. Nancy Wood (1936- 2013) was an award-winning poet who primarily wrote about the wilderness and Native American spirituality in the Southwest. PHOTOGRAPH BY MYRON WOOD, MYRON WOOD COLLECTION, 002-3107

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A photograph dated May 1969 shows the Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway (cog railroad) blocked by snow. The train travels up Pikes Peak to the top and returns along the same path. The rail cars used in the 1960s were manufactured in Switzerland and contained diesel electric engines mounted under the seating area. The engines provided the power for traction motors to move the cars up the mountain — except when, as in the photo, heavy snow gets in the way. PHOTO BY MYRON WOOD, MYRON WOOD COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-5924

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This 1914 photograph shows the Red Mountain Incline at Manitou Springs with people seated in the cars along the track. “Red Mountain Scenic Incline” is written on the first car. The photo is numbered “255 Stewart Photo” on the print. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-943

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Four men hike through snow on Pikes Peak with the tops of telephone poles barely visible on Dec. 31, 1922. It was first climb of the AdAmAn Club. Cold-weather gear was virtually unheard of in this part of the country, according to the AdAmAn Club history website. The group consisted of five men, Fred and Ed Morath, Fred Barr, Willis Magee and photographer Harry Standley. Morath was the “ringleader” of the group, and he was no stranger to the many mountain peaks of Colorado. His brother Ed had a similar personality and together they formed a mischievous and adventure-loving team. Barr was the miracle man of Pikes Peak. He had just completed his trail from Manitou to the summit of the peak as well as 16 additional miles of trails to Cameron’s Cone, Bottomless Pit and other areas. PHOTO BY HARRY L. STANDLEY, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 318-2335

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