Numerous testimonies indicate that General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, was a generous man. Only a few years after his marriage to Mary Lincoln “Queen” Mellen, his father-in-law, William Proctor Mellen, died. The General basically adopted the extended Mellen Clan, and they moved in at the Palmers’ home at Glen Eyrie for a period of time. Queen’s mother, Isabelle, had suffered a…Continue
When hiking the Paul Intemann Memorial Trail between Crystal Park Road and Buxton Avenue, scenes of Manitou Springs gradually unfold, and with them reminders of how marketable the hamlet has been from the moment it was put on the map.
Since George Ruxton, British explorer, travel…Continue
Unexpected discoveries often occur in unusual locations. During a camping trip in Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest in September, my husband and I enjoyed two calm nights under a full moon at Davenport Campground adjacent to Squirrel Creek, where large historic markers recount a fascinating chapter in the local history, and what follows is my own simplified version.
In the wake of…Continue
In celebration of the first day of autumn, my husband and I make our customary pilgrimage into the mountains. Spoiled by a wide array of choices, we nonetheless seem to gravitate to Pancake Rocks year after year.
As we leave Colorado Springs and wind up Ute Pass, we detect first flecks of orange among the scrub oak, and patches of yellow in the cottonwoods and willows that line Fountain Creek.…Continue