Live Onsite Exhibits

Robert Jackson-From “The Shot” to the Pulitzer, the Assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald

Robert Jacksonby Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist, Bob Jackson

The image of Jack Ruby firing a pistol at Lee Harvey Oswald is one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th Century. Mr. Jackson, who is a Manitou Springs resident, was a photographer for the Dallas Times-Herald on that fateful day. See his exhibit of JFK’s visit to Dallas on one of the most shocking days in American history.

“Old School” Manitou: Education from 1872–1957

Now Open: See our high school’s championship trophies, its school banners and memorabilia from the past. Remember those Sadie Hawkins dances, rolled up t-shirt sleeves and bobby socks? Is the school mascot a Mustang or a Wild Cat? Green and gold are the colors of the day.

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Red Mountain Incline – Manitou’s Other Incline

Learn the history of this world-famous incline without the hike and without the strain.  See a portion of the 12’ high sign that once graced the Red Mt. Incline, and has now been recovered from Manitou’s buried past. Learn about our city’s link to one of the South’s Premier Railroads.

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Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway 1891-2016: 125 years on the Peak

Manitou Springs Heritage Center 517 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs, CO 80829

This year, The Broadmoor’s Manitou and Pike’s Peak Cog Railway will celebrate 125 years of operation.

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Van Briggle: The Manitou Connection

Now open for your viewing pleasure during regular hours.

See one of the largest exhibits of Van Briggle pottery in the Pikes Peak region. Learn more about Artus and Anna Van Briggle’s creation of this iconic pottery works and the connection of its later ownership and operations to historic Manitou Springs. View dozens of beautifully designed pottery creations in our exhibit. The exhibit will be featured through August. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Heritage Center 517 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829.

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The Manitou Incline

From Utility to Attraction: The Manitou Incline. An exhibit on the fascinating history of your favorite work-out location!

Just arrived—FROM UTILITY TO ATTRACTION: A History of the Mt. Manitou Park and Incline Railway. 2nd Edition. To purchase, stop by the Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs (open Tue–Sun 11:30–4:30) or buy online.

Manitou Spring Water Bottles

The Manitou Springs Photography Club held a real-time contest photographing some of our precious Manitou Spring Water Bottles. See the photos that were selected, and come on down to check out the rest of our collection. We have the largest Manitou Spring Water Bottle collection around dating from the late 1800s through the 1980s.

Photographer Brian Borrero.

Coming in June: The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Exhibit

Join us for race month at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center featuring the photography of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, Robert Jackson. Mr. Jackson, a photojournalist with the Colorado Springs Gazette from 1980-1999, has captured the excitement of the Pike Peak International Hill Climb for over 40 years. See the dangerous turns, the wheels turning and the dust flying in this exciting collection of photographs. See the Unsers, the Donners, the Sanborns and many other racers race to the clouds atop America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak Hill ClimbPikes Peak Hill Climb

“The mission of Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.”
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