Red Mountain—Manitou’s Other Incline

Red Mountain Incline Exhibit Is Open at Manitou Springs Heritage Center

The exhibit features rare photos and information on this little-known incline railway that operated intermittently from 1912-1922 and is associated with the famed story of Emma Crawford.

Heritage Center volunteer David Walker has assembled information, photos and artifacts from the Heritage Center’s archives and other collections. “It was a challenge tracking down information on the Red Mountain Incline. Compared to the more famous Manitou Incline, it was almost like this second funicular railway didn’t want to be found.” stated Walker. “A last minute find of images in the Old Colorado City History Center and Tom Daniels collections was like striking gold!” The Heritage Center still hopes to find someone who has family photos, memorabilia, or information from an ancestor who actually rode the Red Mountain Incline.

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