Emma Crawford still haunts Manitou Springs
A horse-drawn carriage stands in front of wooden building with signs "Ute Iron Spring" at 444 Ruxton Ave., in Manitou Springs, and a sign says "Ute Iron Springs J.G. Hiestand, Prop." in this photo from the Stewart Commercial Photographers Collection of the Pikes Peak Library District. The Iron Springs Chateau began as a candy and cigar store in 1880 at the site of the Ute Iron Springs. Hiestand erected the original building now known as the Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater. In 1964, the Chateau Players formed, and the Iron Springs Chateau style of melodrama and Vaudeville entertainment was born.