Now Showing: Manitou Springs—150 Years Strong (1872–2022)
The Heritage Center’s 150th Anniversary exhibit explores 5 key themes: Host Nation, Health Resort, Attractions, Community Builders and Road to Revival. A brief history of the Ute Nation is presented, as well as 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 are featured. The exhibit also tells the stories of the town’s growth in the areas of architectural, business, environmental and artistic Revival. The onsite exhibit runs 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. Go to exhibit page.
Robert Jackson-From “The Shot” to the Pulitzer, the Assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald
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.
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.
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.
Van Briggle: The Manitou Connection
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.
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).
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.