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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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This 1965 street scene of Kiowa Street shows the decorative facade of Marksheffel Garage with St. Mary’s Church in the background. Construction of the garage began in 1914. Over the years, the building contained Adams Motor Co., Silver State Cadillac and Bill Breck Dodge. It was razed in 1967. PHOTO BY MYRON WOOD, COURTESY OF PKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 002-841

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This 1900 photograph is labeled as “Manitou and Pikes Peak railway — First cog engine to reach timberline on Pikes Peak (10,500 feet).” Zalmon Simmons founded the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway Co. in 1889. On June 30, 1891, a passenger train carrying a church choir from Denver was the first to make it to the summit of Pikes Peak. Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose bought the railroad in 1925; today it is the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Today the aging railway is closed while The Broadmoor studies its fate. A review could take two to three years, hotel officials say. JAMES O. HERMANSEN PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 314-2291

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In this 1924 photograph, men stand in front of the American Railway Express building; the sign is attached over the original sign reading “End Livery and Boarding Stable 426 Phone 76” at the present-day location of the Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S. Tejon St. From the National Museum of American History: “The American Railway Express Agency was formed in 1917, when the federal government consolidated the nation’s express companies in order to further the war effort. The company was purchased jointly by the nation’s railroads in 1929, and its name was changed to Railway Express Agency Inc. The company’s name was changed to REA Express, and it conducted business under that title until 1975, when it filed for bankruptcy.” MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-525

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The view from the center divider of tree-lined Nevada Avenue with a light dusting of snow is seen in this photograph from the late 1800s. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-551

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A portrait of Clarence Coil as a young boy standing atop a stool and hanging on to a carved chair, circa 1908. Coil was born in Springfield, Mo., and he and his family moved to Colorado around 1916. In his younger years, Coil was an avid skier. By 1930, Coil was working as a printer in a photograph shop in Colorado Springs, and he spent the rest of his professional career as a commercial photographer. For example, he took the aerial photos that were used to determine the site for the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. Coil died in Colorado Springs in January 1978. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-8680

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Six men stand in the doorway of a small railroad depot with a train on the tracks behind in this undated photo. One man leans on a bicycle. The photo is identified on back as Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railroad depot. The note reads: “Pikes Peak Express leaving station. This depot was south of Colorado Avenue bridge and on DRG tracks.” MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-5590

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In this 1922 photograph, a man holds a rifle while standing on a platform atop a truck with two men sitting on the bed of a truck below. “E. Jno. W. Garrett, In practice shooting prior to Pikes Peak Rodeo, 1922” is printed on the bottom of the print. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-2324

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