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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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An early view of Colorado Springs looking west, showing corrals behind houses. Label on the back of the card reads “No. 14. Gurnsey’s Rocky Mountain Views. Published at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pike’s Peak Avenue. Scenes on the Line of the Denver and Rio Grande Railway. Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 1st, 1880.” PHOTO BY BYRON H. GURNSEY, STEREOGRAPHIC COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 175-3854

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The view down Pikes Peak Avenue towards Antlers Hotel and Pikes Peak after a snowstorm in April 1921. A streetcar is running down the center of the street past snowbanks and cars. The Princess Theatre is visible at right. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-333

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A 1917 portrait of Gertrude (Hamilton) Cunningham as a young girl. Cunningham was an elementary and high school teacher who retired in 1967 from Colorado Springs School District 11 after 38 years of teaching. She was born June 29, 1906, in Colorado Springs to Frank and Aletha Hamilton. She was a Kappa Alpha Theta at Colorado College. She was a member of Ivywild Presbyterian Church, president of Cripple Creek Victor Club and past Noble Grand of Naomi Rebekah Lodge. She was married May 26, 1973, in Colorado Springs to Peter J. Cunningham. Gertrude Cunningham died Oct. 14, 1997, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. RAY TURNER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION , COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 487-102

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Ray Turner stands behind Brock’s Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave., in this 1953 childhood portrait. The building is adjacent to one that once housed Saffron’s Family Liquor House. The John Dempsey Liquor Co. was to the left. The alley that Ray is standing in was called “Hurrah Alley.” RAY TURNER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION , COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 487-132

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Handwritten text on the back of this card reads “Rocky Mountains as seen at a distance of 20 miles.” This image is used in Sharon Swint’s book “Remembering Colorado Springs.” The caption under this picture in her book reads in part, “In this 1871 photograph, General Palmer (at center, with beard) and a two-man survey team work near the area of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street laying out the town of Colorado Springs.” STEREOGRAPHIC COLLECTION , COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 175-3855

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Easter is celebrated with a sunrise service at Garden of the Gods in this 1945 photo. Easter sunrise services were held in Garden of the Gods from the 1920s to 2002. The tradition ended because of cost, the complex logistics of putting the service on and the foot-traffic damage to the park by the thousands of people attending. STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-2462

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A view of the northeast corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street, known as “Busy Corner,” after a snowstorm in April 1921. The Robinson Drug Co. is visible on the corner. A snow-covered streetcar is boarding passengers. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-79

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