Tanja Britton
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Rock Ledge Ranch

     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 premature death at 25, when Queen was a four year-old girl, and her father had…See More
Nov 10, 2016
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A View of Manitou

     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 writer, and namesake of a prominent avenue and creek, traveled through the area in 1847, and commented on the “boiling waters”, much has been said and written about its major and minor selling points. General…See More
Oct 23, 2016
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Did They Dance the Charleston?

     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 southcentral Colorado’s devastating Ludlow Massacre which affected coal miners and their families in…See More
Oct 9, 2016
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Oct 9, 2016
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Sep 23, 2016
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Fall Equinox

     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. A waning half moon still lingers in the western sky. Near Woodland Park, we espy small…See More
Sep 22, 2016
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Dr. Bell's Retreat

     It is a human trait to be attracted to beautiful natural locations, and Manitou Park in Teller County, north of Woodland Park, along Colorado Highway 67, is no exception. The broad mountain valley parallels Trout Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River, and is bounded in the east by the Rampart Range, and in the west by the West Creek Range.     We do not know if American Indians hunted or camped there, but the availability of water and game suggests as much. What we do know is that…See More
Sep 14, 2016
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Sep 14, 2016
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Pikes Peak's Little Brother

     Cameron Cone, at a height of 10,707 feet, does not figure among the tallest giants of Colorado, or even the Front Range, but its conspicuous shape and situation as one of Pikes Peak’s sentinels have always fascinated me. Until a recent invitation to join a small group of Colorado Mountain Club trekkers as a guest, I had only admired it from afar.     The official path starts at the Barr trailhead in Manitou Springs and rises nearly 4000 feet over 4 miles. Being escorted by a resident of…See More
Sep 1, 2016
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America the Beautiful

     Barr Trail is one of the Pikes Peak region’s most iconic paths, and whether one trains for the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon, or simply desires to hike it for its own merit, it packs a punch. Beginning at an elevation of approximately 6,800 feet in Manitou Springs, it climbs steadily to 14,115 feet, over a distance of about 12.5 miles. Surprisingly, no two guidebooks agree with regard to those numbers, so don’t be surprised if your GPS comes up with its own. Even though various trails up…See More
Aug 12, 2016
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The Enchanted Garden

     Were it not for visionaries like General Palmer, who realized early in the history of Colorado Springs that precious land needed to be set aside to preserve and protect forever, it is unlikely that his generous donations to the city which included North Cheyenne and Bear Creek Canyons, as well as Monument Valley and Palmer Parks, would have remained natural oases.     One such oasis, considered by many the crowning jewel in a collection of precious gems, is Garden of the Gods. Even though…See More
Aug 1, 2016
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Aug 1, 2016

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Rock Ledge Ranch

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 4:08pm 0 Comments

     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…

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A View of Manitou

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 3:51am 0 Comments

     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…

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Did They Dance the Charleston?

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 12:29am 0 Comments

     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…

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Fall Equinox

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

     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.…

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