Teller history: from gold prospectors to ore processing to hiking Pikes Peak in the dead of winter

Members of the AdAmAn Club trudge up cog railroad tracks in blowing snow in this undated photograph. The club sets off fireworks from the top of Pikes Peak to ring in the new year. It began, as the club’s website states, with the original “Frozen Five” — five Colorado Springs men who decided that, “because the average social events of New Year’s consisted of somewhat boring parties and dances, they would venture to do something unique and that no one had done before. They would climb Pikes Peak in the dead of winter on New Year’s Eve.”

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has announced a set of experiences to be enjoyed throughout 2021 in celebration of the city's 150th anniversary.

A new exhibit is to be unveiled Jan. 30, called "COS@150." It will display 150 objects, "illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years," read a city news release Wednesday.

That same Saturday, the museum expects to launch a mobile, interactive tour of its current exhibit, "Story of Us: The Pikes Peak Region A Through Z." History will be available for exploration at one's fingertips.  

Also announced was a series of regional history lectures set for the year, what the museum is calling the "Sesquicentennial Scholar Series."

The first will be held virtually Saturday in honor of Pikes Peak's famed New Year's Eve fireworks-shooting group, titled "The Myth vs. Reality of the AdAmAn Club." The hourlong lecture is scheduled for 2 p.m., with registration required. More information at

The Pioneers Museum reopened Tuesday under the state's COVID-19 level orange restrictions. Visitors are encouraged to make reservations at or by calling 719-385-5990.

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