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Colorado Springs City

Colorado Springs City Hall is located at 107 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs CO 80903; phone: 719-385-2489.

Chambers Ranch, ca. 1900, 3202 Chambers Way, Colorado Springs, CO, National Register

Photo: Chambers Ranch, ca. 1900, 3202 Chambers Way, Colorado Springs, CO. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Photographed by user:ERoss99 (own work), 2012, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed December, 2013.

Beginnings [1]

Colorado Springs is the county seat of El Paso and is located 75 miles south of Denver. The elevation is 5,878 feet. It is an important railroad center, being entered by 6 different lines. The place contains smelters and reduction mills, and is the seat of Colorado College (established in 1874). The town was founded in 1871. Since then it has been gradually growing, and from time to time more territory has been annexed. In 1903 it had 21,085 souls; it was 29,078 in population at the time of the census of 1910. Health Resort. Colorado Springs is a tourist town of the first rank. Health advantages as well as scenic attractions make it an ideal residence city. The weather is pleasant the year round, there being scarcely a day without sunshine. But little rain or snow falls from September to March; it is, therefore, a fine winter resort. The average percentage of humidity is 47. The place is well adapted for persons troubled with asthmatic and lung complaints. Referring to dry aseptic air and other conditions favorable to the cure of tuberculosis, Dr. Bellamy (in the Medical News, July 11, 1903) says: " Colorado Springs, a city of 25,000 inhabitants, with an altitude of 6,022 feet, offers, in my opinion, the greatest all-around advantages of any place in the country. Its days of perpetual sunshine, its charming life, its great dryness (and I do not recall now one cloudy day in the spring and summer of 1894), its environs, delightfully hospitable people — everything done for the invalid by those who are now cured — make it stand foremost to my mind as an ideal place." Not far from the corporation limits are a number of sanitariums — the Cragmor, that on Nordrach Ranch, and one on the Ambler Ranch. The latter institution is maintained by Modern Woodmen for consumptives of that order. Other institutions are the Printers' Home and the national home of letter carriers.

  1. Parsons, Eugene, A Guidebook to Colorado, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1911
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