Manitou Springs—150 Years Strong (1872–2022)

Opening June 3, 2022

Manitou Springs 150 yearsThe Heritage Center’s 150th Anniversary exhibit will explore four key themes: Health Resort, Attractions, Community Builders and Road to Revival. The exhibit showcases how Manitou Springs evolved from its initial roots as a health resort to a center of tourist attractions. Key people who shaped Manitou Springs as a hometown Community will be featured. The exhibit will also tell the stories of the town’s growth in the areas of architectural, business, environmental and artistic revival. The onsite exhibit is will launch June 3, 2022, and run through December 2022. Several on location events are planned in July and August to align with the exhibit’s key themes and provide community outreach.

Heath Resort

Queen Anne DPLWe tell stories about Manitou’s healing mineral waters, the town founding by Dr. William Bell and General Palmer and a Bath House history. We cover tuberculosis and metaphysical/spiritual treatments. Featured physicians include Dr. Harriet Leonard, Dr. Edwin Solly, Dr. Basil Creighton and Dr. Henry Ogilbee.


Cave of the Winds groupAttractions include the railroads that brought health seekers and the fancy hotels they stayed in when they arrived. This theme includes featured tourist attractions and quirky records set by famous Tourists such as “Peanut Pusher” Ulysses Baxter and “Pikes Peak Climb Record Setter” Dr. Edwin Paget.

Community Builders

WWII Era Group in front of the Heritage CenterCommunity builders transformed Manitou Springs from a Colorado Springs tourist outpost to a real hometown community with a post office, fire department and churches. You’ll see community builder Homer Sharpton talk about his life here and Jack Willie recalling moments with his mom Mabel Willie, Manitou’s most famous Mayor.

Road to Revival

Cliff House after the fireThis theme covers Manitou Springs’ architectural, business, environmental and artistic revival. Our town’s deep-rooted history instills resilience in our community to rebuild and reinvent. Featured artists include photographer James Thurlow, artist Charles Rockey and muralist Archie Musick.

Come in to our free museum to see the full exhibit. Our hours and location are posted in the sidebar.

Many events are associated with this exhibit.

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