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Colorado Springs and the

Pikes Peak Region...



Sometimes on summer evenings, there are sunsets over Colorado Springs that look like they were ordered by the Chamber of Commerce.  Certain autumn mornings, the snow sits lightly in Pikes Peak, billowy and glistening like powdered sugar on an apple popover.  On January afternoons, when the warm, southern Chinook breezes raise the temperature into the seventies, the morning snow disappears so fast that it doesn’t melt, but rather turns to a gentle mist that blankets the streets.  And after a spring rain, you stand out on your front lawn, gazing at a double full-arch rainbow, and you sniff the air and marvel that everything smells so fresh and pure that it’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of a thriving, growing, dynamic city.

But you are.  You’re in one of the most unusual cities in America.  And you have the opportunity to experience a style of living that you know, as time goes on, is becoming more and more elusive.

Colorado Springs has achieved a rare blend of small-town charm and big-city cosmopolitan flair that you won’t find in very many other cities.  It’s a gem of a place, set in one of the most splendid geographic and climatic areas in the western United States — a town that has been the fortunate recipient of migrations and cultural influences from all over the world, that has been blessed with the richness of a diverse and energetic population.

The city has enjoyed controlled growth since its founding by General William Jackson Palmer, owner of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, in the late 19th century.  And it has been most fortunate in two aspects of that growth: that the growth has been based on expanding core of non-polluting light industry (including a substantial military presence), and that most expansion has occurred within the last two decades when environment and quality of life have been prime public concerns.

The appearance of the city is, in itself, quite varied.  There are parts of Colorado Springs that are picturesque in the way towns like Princeton, Carmel and Santa Fe are picturesque, with historic old buildings revitalized and turned to modern purposes.  There are neighborhoods that radiate the quiet opulence of substantial wealth, both of inherited fortunes from the boom days Cripple Creek and other nearby mining centers, and of the newer wealth brought in with the influx of high-technology electronics firms that have given Pikes Peak the nickname, “Silicon Mountain.”

Colorado Springs has a vital downtown area that’s a textbook case in successful urban renewal.  Neighborhoods that once had fallen to faded elegance — or downright ill repute — now bustle with commercial construction or have been revalued by the sweat equity of enterprising young families.  And of course, the core of the city is surrounded with modern home developments and business centers that more than meet the basic comfort and convenience expectations in any American city.

Growth and human energy are the two most apparent characteristics of life in Colorado Springs.  But to focus only on what strikes the eye initially is to overlook what really sets this city apart from other growing towns across the country.  For all its enterprise and rapid expansion, Colorado Springs is, in many ways, a sort of “big small town.”  You can be involved in the life of your city here in ways that don’t exist in other places.  You can laugh and eat and have fun at the Springspree, a sort of citywide block party that unfolds every May.  You can taste a kind of true Americana singing “The Star Spangled Banner” to the Colorado Springs Symphony at Fourth of July festivities in Memorial Park.  You can be overwhelmed by a skyburst of color when the city is crowned with dozens of hot-air balloons on the annual Labor Day Weekend balloon festival — or jump out of your seat with excitement at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo — or bellow out old German folksongs to the sound of an oompah band at the annual Oktoberfest — or enjoy the fireworks shot off from the top of Pikes Peak at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

And of course, there’s all that great Colorado outdoor living immortalized in so many popular songs.  The proximity of the mountains provides an ease of access to hiking, skiing, camping and climbing that adds a dimension to family life that would be inconvenient at best in other parts of the country.  The availability of vast areas of open land makes it possible to achieve a mix of career, home life, and natural, outdoor activity that is simply impossible in other places.  You can keep horses and other livestock in country areas outside Colorado Springs and in parts of the city itself.  Three are many areas zoned for farming, areas where you can cut your own firewood on your own forested lot, even areas where you can have your own dirt airstrip and keep airplanes (as many ranchers in the area do).

A full range of health and social services complements the natural features of living in the area, as well as an abundance of civic, fraternal and cultural associations, an elaborate system of neighborhood parks with year-round social, instructional and recreational programs for all ages, a comprehensive public library system. numerous museums, galleries, auditoriums and other places of cultural and educational interest, and unique special events throughout the year, some of which (like the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb, the Pikes Peak Marathon, and the National Sports Festival) are known throughout the country.

Colorado Springs boasts of an extensive educational establishment that provides opportunities for learning and enrichment at all levels and in just about every subject area.  The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College are permanent, public, degree-granting institutions with complete academic and community education programs.

The Air Force Academy is renowned as a center for scientific research and a magnet for students pursuing a military education in various scholarly and technical specialties.  Colorado College is one of the most prestigious private academic centers in the western United States.  Several major colleges and universities maintain facilities in the city or operate extension programs for military personnel and dependents on the premises of area Army and Air Force installations.  Instruction in business and technical trades in available at vocational schools in the area.  The Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind offers special academic and vocational programs for the handicapped.  And the community is served by some of the most highly rated public, private and church-affiliated elementary and secondary schools in the state.

It is this mixture of varied life amenities which has attracted people who, despite diversities of age, ethnic background and occupation, share a common vibrancy of life and a desire for the unique living experiences which the Pikes Peak Region has to offer.

Many military personnel who have served at Ft. Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, the North American Air Defense Command, or the United States Air Force Academy at some time in their careers return to Colorado Springs when they retire.

Many national associations, religious organizations and professional groups have established their headquarters or major facilities here.  The United States Olympic Committee is a prime example, with both its national administrative headquarters and a major athletic training center located on the grounds of a former Air Force base near the center of town.

Colorado Springs was selected to be the site of the new Consolidated Space Operations Center.  Increasing numbers of prominent firms, particularly in the financial and insurance industries and the electronics and aerospace technology areas, are either relocating here or opening branch operations.

Colorado Springs is a rare blend of many qualities — of geography, climate and lifestyle.  If you are presented with the opportunity of living in this unique American city, you may look forward to the experience with great anticipation and enthusiasm, because the door is opening on a chance to live in a way that is possible in very few places.

Welcome to your new life in Colorado Springs!


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Late ’80s


Excerpts from a brochure describing the amenities and lifestyle of the Pikes Peak Region, and offering relocation services


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