Colorado City, now known as Old Colorado City, was the first permanent town in the Pikes Peak region.

What's now a mecca for tourists and a locals' hangout was once an Old West frontier town that bustled with gold miners and all the amenities a miner might want, including brothels and drinking establishments. During the mining days, 50 trains left daily for the Cripple Creek and Victorville mining districts.

The small town once hoped to become Colorado's capital. It was annexed by Colorado Springs in 1917.

Now there are more than 100 galleries, restaurants and shops within handful of blocks. The neighborhood around the shopping area is filled with old homes, some painted in vibrant colors.

Territory Days is a popular Memorial Day weekend event here and attracts about 150,000 folks to the street fair filled with live music, food, arts and crafts and other entertainment.

Bancroft Park, in the center of the shops and restaurants, is home to one of the city's largest farmers markets on Saturdays during summer and fall. It also hosts the Paint the Town Blue weekly concert series throughout summer and several other festivals throughout the year. During October's Scarecrow Days merchants create scarecrows to place outside their shops. Visitors can vote for their favorite.

Next door is the Carnegie library, a branch of the Pikes Peak Library District. It opened in 1904 and now offers more than 1 million items, art exhibits, book clubs, library tours and free Wi-Fi access.

Gold Hill Mesa, a nearby 210-acre neighborhood southeast of U.S. 24 and 21st Street, was the former home of a gold and silver milling operation for nearly a half-century until it closed in 1949.

Since then the mesa has been transformed into a booming hilltop community. A central community center offers a place for neighbors to mingle and listen to outdoor concerts and nearby is Bear Creek Regional Park with a large dog park and numerous trails for hikers and bikers.


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