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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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An undated photograph of Claremont, the estate of Charles and Virginia Baldwin, which is now the Colorado Springs School, a private college preparatory school serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at 21 Broadmoor Ave. in Colorado Springs. The main building which is pictured is known as Trianon and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school is in its 56th year. BALDWIN FAMILY COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 263-6906

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Julie Penrose and her dog Pitty Pat were photographed in the 1950s. The wife of Colorado Springs businessman and philanthropist Spencer Penrose was born Julie Villiers Lewis in 1870 in Detroit. She married Penrose in 1906 and went on to found the Central City Opera and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Mrs. Penrose died in 1956. PHOTO BY FRANK TURGEON, MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, 001-7407

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On Feb. 2, 1948, rancher L.A. “Mac” McCandlish looks out over a loss of 50 head of cattle that wandered out onto a reservoir during a storm, broke through the ice, and drowned. The photograph appeared in “An Illustrated History of Ranching in the Pikes Peak Region,” by Loren R. Whittemore. McCandlish was, according to Whittemore’s book, one of the biggest cattle shippers west of the Mississippi by the 1930s. Among several ranches that McCandlish owned in the Pikes Peak region was the land that developed in the 1960s as Meadowlake Estates and Meadowlake Airport in Falcon. PHOTO BY STANLEY L. PAYNE, STAN PAYNE COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 004-10639

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This photo dated between 1913 and 1925 shows Law Mortuary at 116 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs. The funeral home was founded by Russell Law in 1912. In the 1970s, Stanley Newman merged Law Mortuary and Swan Funeral Home to create Swan-Law Funeral Directors, which serves the community today in its location at 501 N. Cascade Ave. PHOTO BY HARRY L. STANDLEY, GORDON SWEET PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 044-2025

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In September 1971, Myron Wood photographs himself adjusting a large camera resting on two tripods. Wood, a photographer based in Colorado Springs, was shooting the cover for “Hollering Sun,” a book of poetry written by Nancy Wood, his ex-wife and a prominent poet. PHOTO BY MYRON WOOD, MYRON WOOD COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-1500

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From left, Adrian Mousel, 19; Nick Mousel, 20; Larry Renner, 19; and David Renner, 16, pose during a week in which they competed at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The four were from First View, Colo., and spent the summer of 1960 traveling by horseback to rodeos in Wyoming, Utah and around Colorado. After their journeys got media attention, Ken Brookhart, the president of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, offered to pay their entry fee, feed their horses, and get them a place to stay if they would compete. These pictures are from their week at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo competing in the wild horse race. The following summer, three of the men were drafted into the military and the fourth stayed home to become a sheep rancher. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-11524

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Colorado Springs photographer Clarence G. Coil took this photograph in September 1961 during construction of Falcon Stadium on the campus of the Air Force Academy in north Colorado Springs. The stadium opened in 1962 with a season-opening game between Air Force and Colorado State University. The Falcons won 34-0. The stadium now seats nearly 47,000 spectators. The facility is undergoing a multiphase renovation that began with the addition of video boards, a new sound system and a marquee. An expanded home-team locker room also is underway. PHOTO BY CLARENCE G. COIL, GORDON SWEET PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 044-41

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