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Glimpse Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs CO Homes

Posted in: Colorado Springs, El Paso County
By ColoradoRealEstateHomeSource
Mar 23, 2010 - 6:57:11 AM


Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak is one big reason why people and businesses move to
Colorado Springs Colorado real estate.  Along with the Garden of the Gods, it forms a magnificent backdrop for our homes in Colorado Springs.  Homes as far north as Castle Rock offer views of the majestic 14,110-foot mountain.  

Pikes Peak may be the most visited mountain in North America.  Historically, some awestruck traveling entrepreneurs stopped make Pikes Peak famous.  And drawn to the stunning beauty of real estate in Colorado Springs, they settled in to the growing community around Pikes Peak.  

As the most easterly of Colorado's 54 Fourteeners (peaks reaching 14,000 high), Pikes Peak was the first mountain to be sighted by wagon trains during the Colorado gold rush.  That's when the cries of "Pikes Peak or Bust" bellowed from the plains.  Although the mountain is named for Lieutenant Zebulon Pike who sighted the "Great Peak" in 1806, the Ute Indians most likely climbed it to trap eagles and obtain feathers for their ceremonial dress.  Explorers, pioneers, trappers, and immigrants spoke of the mighty mountain.

In recorded modern times, we know that botanist Edwin James ascended the mountain in 1820 and by 1850 a trail to the summit was stomped out.  The first woman, Julia Holmes, climbed the 13-mile trail in 1858.  It was Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates who with fellow visiting faculty took a carriage trip and road mules to the summit inspiring the lines for the song, America the Beautiful.

Due to its natural beauty, the Pikes Peak region has always been a destination for travelers.  General William Palmer was so enthralled that he moved here and built the Denver and Rio Grande Road to access the heavenly region.  Zalmon Simmons of Simmons Mattress fame founded the mountain railroad to the summit, the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway that operates to this day.  The popularity of the cog train forced the carriage trail into disuse until Spencer Penrose, builder of the Broadmoor Hotel, transformed it into a roadway and began the Pikes Peak Hill Climb auto race that's still a hit every July.

Other events on the mountain include the Pikes Peak Marathon in August, a 26-mile round trip foot race up Barr Trail, and the AdAmAn Club New Years Fireworks display.  Over a half million people a year reach the summit via Pikes Peak Highway (19 miles), Barr Trail (13 miles), or the Pikes Peak Cog Railway (8.9 miles).  


Amy Hitch at Keller Williams Real Estate offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in real estate transactions and homes for sale in Colorado Springs and the entire Denver Metro area.  We have the most comprehensive real estate website  for your home search and if you are searching for Colorado Springs  homes, townhomes or condos or Denver real estate you've come to the best place!

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Amy Hitch
HomeSmart Cherry Creek

Office: 720-299-3554

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