This is the third in a series of posts chronicling some of the tuberculosis-influenced architecture in Colorado Springs. See earlier posts here and here.
The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s 1917 brochure, City of Sunshine, advertised a list of eleven well-respected tuberculosis sanitoria and private boarding houses serving tuberculars. Interestingly, at least three of these institutions have persevered to modern times, growing into Colorado Springs’ main modern-day hospitals. Below is a then and now, in pictures and words: Continue reading →
Tuberculosis was big money for Colorado Springs in the early 1900’s. So much so that a 1917 Chamber of Commerce booklet devoted more than half of its 87 pages to detailing all the reasons why tuberculars should make the trek out west.
They could have nice, fresh, “germ-free” air and loads of sunshine. A stunning mountain climate would provide beautiful vistas and thin, dry air at the same time. And, as if those weren’t reason enough, welcoming citizens and local businesses were on hand to provide ample opportunities for rest and relaxation, a nourishing diet, and a charming social life. All of which, according to medical thinking of that time, were just what the doctor ordered for “lungers”. Continue reading →
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 →
The 1910 Colorado Springs City Directory lists 132 retail grocers. This was back before the advent of the household refrigerator. Prior to the shopping carts and turnstiles of the first self-service grocery store. In the days when chicken cost 18 cents a pound and you could get a stalk of celery for a nickel.
This was when there was an independent grocery store on every block in Colorado Springs. Well, at least 132 blocks. Continue reading →
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.
I’ve just discovered Historypin–a new(ish) Google partnership at http://www.historypin.com–full of historic photographs of buildings and locales all over the world. The collection is searchable by both location and time. And the really, really fun part? Many of the images are linked to Google’s Street View, so that you can view an historic photograph overlaid on a modern day street view.
The site relies on user contributions, so some areas have more photographs than others. For Colorado Springs, there are just 10 photographs so far. But London, where Historypin began, has hundreds of images, and even some virtual tours set up.
So, go take a look at Historypin. Search for images of your neighborhood. Maybe upload some old photos of your own. It’s okay…your house doesn’t need to get cleaned this weekend either.