Originally a camping spot for Ute Indians and others passing from the Plains to the Rockies, Cascade was established in 1886. The town got its name from the many waterfalls in the area. Thousands rode the railroad to Cascade every year and took a carriage ride to the summit of Pikes Peak. The most famous was Katharine Lee Bates who wrote the words to “America the Beautiful” after the experience. With at least 200 varieties of native flora in the canyon, the same natural beauty that enchanted early visitors is still evident today. The Pikes Peak Highway and Santa’s Village North Pole amusement park still attract many visitors, and the town remains a destination, featuring various BnBs and cabins.