I Have A Crush.

All right, dear readers, it must be said.

I have a crush, on General William Jackson Palmer.

He wooed me with his passion for creating a healthy, cultured society. Then seduced me with his sense of familial loyalty to the workers he employed. There’s nothing more to be done, he has my heart.

A decorated Civil War hero who made his fortune in the railroad business, Palmer (1836-1909) left his mark on towns throughout the state of Colorado. But Colorado Springs was special to the General. It was the place he chose to live, the town where he wished to bring his wife “Queen” Mary Lincoln Mellen Palmer, and where he hoped to raise his three girls, Elsie, Dorothy and Marjory.

Last weekend, I had a chance to visit Glen Eyrie (c. 1904), Palmer’s historic residence in Colorado Springs. Continue reading

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Horse Alleys: If You Don’t Mind, Please Park Your Horse Out Back

Without kids for the day, my husband and I decided to do a little cultural tourism in our own backyard. We headed over to Old Colorado City (1859), a national historic district in Colorado Springs, for some lunch and wandering.

Because I love, love, love (did I say love?) architectural walking tours, and because my husband is a good sport, we decided to follow a self-guided tour published by the Old Colorado City Historical Society before we ate lunch. Centered along Colorado Avenue, the tour focused on commercial buildings which were mainly grocery stores, fraternal lodges and saloons in their heyday.

But the real story here is in the space between those buildings… Continue reading

Antlers Park: It’s All About the Choo Choo

I have a two year old son. Therefore, we spend a lot of time in our house talking about “choo choos”. And I love stumbling upon a new place, discovering a new tidbit of local lore. So, you can imagine how excited both my son and I were to find a small hidden park with a big train in it, in the middle of downtown Colorado Springs. Continue reading