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Your destination - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is situated on Monument and Fountain Creeks on a plateau at the foot of Pikes Peak. Colorado Springs is the state’s second largest city with an estimated population of some 345,000. Colorado Springs is a year-round health and tourist resort and is also noted for its concentration of high-tech manufacturing, producing computer products and semiconductors, airplane parts and plastics, tools and machinery. Colorado Springs dramatic growth in the 1980s resulted from the influx of major computer and electronic communications companies.

Equally important to the city’s economy is the presence of the Military, notably the headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command and United States Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, the Department of Defense satellite system at Falcon Air Force Base, and the United States Air Force Academy. Colorado Springs has a wealth of popular attractions, including in addition to skiing and other mountain sports, fishing, boating, and hiking, as well as free concerts in the spring and summer. Other points of interest are the Garden of the Gods, famous for its multicolored “towering rock formations;” the Horticultural Center, responsible for the more than 200,000 different flowers planted from seed or transplanted from the wilds in the city’s many parks and flower beds; the City Forestry facility maintaining more than 85,000 streets, 6,800 acres of regional parks, and 18,500 trees, including significant trees preserved as prominent landmarks of the historic Colorado Springs community; the Pikes Peak North Slope Recreation Center; the Pioneer Museum which focuses on the area’s early history and culture; the Broadmoor Hotel built during the city’s mining boom; and the Fine Arts Center.

Located in the area are the Headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. The city was established as a resort in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer, founder of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. It was incorporated in 1876 and named after the mineral springs used by visitors and others for medicinal reasons. It emerged as a commercial center after the discovery of gold at nearby Cripple Creek in 1891. The clean air and natural beauty of this great city inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful” as she looked down upon the area’s extensive forests, lakes, rolling hills, and other open spaces from atop Pikes Peak.


 
 


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