The Magical Mineral springs of Manitou
~ 354 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, Colorado ~
Article by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Research
The little touristy village of Manitou Springs is most famous for its mineral springs that well up through eight (previously 10, upwards of 50) fonts peppered throughout the town. These springs are free to visit and each holds its own variation of minerals, magic, folklore, and healing properties that visitors sought throughout the ages. Each has its unique flavor, natural carbonation, and effervescence. This valley was originally heavily frequented by various Native American tribes who visited fountain creek and its natural springs for its healing magic, offering homage and great respect to the spiritual powers that dwell here. They believed these magical springs were the gift of the Great Spirit Manitou, after which the town and valley was named from. They brought their sick here for healing. The aboriginal inhabitants and visitors of the area called the “Great Spirit” as “Manitou”, and felt these mineral springs was its breath, as the source of the bubbles in the spring water. This made the waters and grounds extremely sacred. The Ute, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and many other tribes came here to partake of the great spirit’s breath. They would heal their sick here, collect the waters, stay for winters, and share in the waters as a area of peace where no conflict was allowed. There was believed to have been 10 natural springs in the valley. The Euro-Americans caused conflicts and skirmishes with the Natives, pushing them out, so they could utilize the valley for business, resort, tourism, and commerce. It is said, after the Natives left, they cursed the area for the Whites that no business will ever succeed there. Ever since it has been an ever-changing valley with businesses coming and going, failing and closing, with new ones coming in and replacing those that left. One of the first white explorers to record the waters was Stephen Harriman Long in 1820. The expedition’s botanist and geologist Edwin James recorded in detail the healing nature of the waters. The explorer George Frederick Ruxton wrote in his travel about these “boiling waters” as well and that “… the basin of the spring was filled with beads and wampum, pieces of red cloth and knives, while the surrounding trees were hung with strips of deer skin, cloth, and moccosons”. This is a common practice to leave such similar objects, items, and cultural artifacts around the world at magical and healing springs, wells, and bodies of water.
Nearly 50 years later, Dr. William Abraham Bell and General William Jackson Palmer made plans to develop a health resort here during the Civil War with “a vision of dreamy summer villas nestled in the mountains with grand hotels and landscaped parks clustered around the springs” that they called “Fountain Colony” and “La Font”. It became Colorado’s first resort town. By 1871 white settlers came in and began developing the area for tourism, health care, and profit. A resort was soon developed here taking advantage of the waters and incorporating them into medicinal and healing water therapies. This brought great prosperity to the region. By 1873, a developer by the name of Henry McAllister who worked for Palmer, spread news about the medicinal benefits of the Springs and pushed for it to become a spa resort including “incomparable climate and scenery” as its backdrop.
Then came various medicinal practitioners, such as Doctor Edwin Solly who pushed the area as a resort for healing and therapy, preaching the combined waters to drink, soak in, and breath of the pure air mixed with the sunny climate would be the most effective prescription to treat tuberculosis. The commercial businesses began to lay claim to the various springs, enclosing some of them as the village grew. The first of which was the Cheyenne Spring House was established as a red sandstone bricked conical roofed structure. Over 50 wells and springs were drilled shortly after, many of which were enclosed. Once popularity disappeared and “dried up”, many of these springs were capped, paved over, and closed. However as the fad died, medical centers and hospitals around the United States improved, Manitou became forgotten and suffered abandonment. The Mineral Springs Foundation was formed in 1987 as an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit to protect, improve, maintain, and manage the springs targeting to restore some of the springs and promote the popularity once again. They host walking tours called “Springabouts” every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, beginning in downtown, and can be arranged by visited the Tourist center or calling 719-685-5089. The visitor center will provide maps, brochures, detailed content charts, and sampling cups upon request. They can also be found at their website at http://www.manitoumineralsprings.org. The series of springs has been developed as a National Register of Historic Places district and is located in one of the country’s largest districts of its kind. It was originally called the “Saratoga of the West” and established as a resort community within a spectacular setting at the edge of the Rocky Mountains along the base of Pikes Peak. Numerous bottling companies moved into the are making profit on the waters, the most famous of which was “Manitou Springs water” and was sold globally.
Geology: The waters come from two original sources in the Rampart Range and Ute Pass, these “deep seated waters” travel through limestone caverns and drainage systems created by karst aquifers. The water dissolves the limestone and absorbs carbonic acid, carbon dioxide, and other minerals that make it “effervescent” or slightly naturally carbonated. It is heated by volcanic and inner core processes. Through time, the waters return to the surface naturally by means of an artesian process rising to the surface, collecting soda, minerals, and sodium bicarbonate upwards. The other source of the waters is from Fountain Creek and Williams Canyon, snow melt, rainwater, and surface waters. The warm water then flows up into a limestone cavern where it becomes carbonated and springs forth to the surface in natural as well as human drilled locations. Most of these waters take thousands of years to complete its voyage from the mountain snow-capped peaks down to inner earth and back up to the surface – freeing its content and solutions from being affected by industry, development, and atmospheric contamination.
- The Springs of Manitou:
- Cheyenne Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4921 or http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3133
This natural sweet soda spring comes up from limestone aquifers and is believed to be over 20,000 years old.
- Iron Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3159
The Iron spring is named after its harsh foul iron-tasting flavor and content. It was a man-made spring drilled in the 1800’s and prescribed to patients for iron deficiency.
- Lithia / Twin Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4881 or http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3163
This is a combined location of two man-made drilled springs – Twin Springs and Lithia Springs. It is popular for its Lithium content and its sweet taste, calcium, lithium, and potassium content. Its popular to be mixed in lemonade.
- Navajo Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3127
This spring is a natural soda spring over which commercial development was built. It is now within and beneath the popcorn and candy store. This was the most popular that was frequented by Native Americans and early Euro-American settlers and was the founding spring for the village. It originally fed a large bath house and bottling plant bringing fame to the town.
- Old Ute Chief Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3169
- Seven Minute Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3147
A man-made spring drilled in 1909 to enhance the neighboring hotel’s tourist attraction. Its unique carbonization caused it to erupt like a geyser every 7 minutes. It became dormant for many years until the 1990’s when it was re-drilled and the surrounding park was established.
- Shoshone Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3151
This was a natural spring that hosted sulphur content and was prescribed by various physicians for curative powers before modern medicine became popular and effective.
- Soda Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3217
- Stratton Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=4931 or http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3139
This is a man-made drilled spring by the Stratton Foundation as a service to Manitou Springs village where tourists could come and partake of its waters, dedicated to early Native American Trails.
- Wheeler Spring – http://www.technogypsie.com/naiads/?p=3155
This is another man-made drilled spring that was donated to the city by settler Jerome Wheeler of the New York Macy’s who resided and banked in the town during the mining and railroad period. His former home is located where the current post office is today.
- Gazette 2015 “List Manitou Springs”. Website referenced 12/21/16 at http://gazette.com/list-the-springs-of-manitou-springs/article/1565225.
- Harrison, Deborah 2003 “Manitou Springs”. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-2856-4.
- Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce 2012 “The History of Manitou Springs”.
- Mineral Springs Foundation 2013 “Mineral Springs”. Website referenced 12/21/16 at http://www.manitoumineralsprings.org
- Manitou Mineral Springs 2015 “7 Minute Spring”. Website referenced 12/21/16 at http://manitoumineralsprings.org/7-minute-spring.html
- National Register 2013 “American Dreams – National Register of Historic Places in El Paso County, Colorado.
- Visit Colorado Springs 2016 “Manitou Mineral Springs”. Website referenced 12/21/16 at http://www.visitcos.com/manitou-mineral-springs.
- Wikipedia 2016 “Manitou Springs Mineral Springs”. Website referenced 12/21/16 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitou_Mineral_Springs
* http://www.agiasophiacoffeeshop.com/ * 2902 W Colorado Avenue *
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 * (719) 632-3322 *
A great little coffee shop and reading library right off of Colorado Avenue in historical Old Colorado City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Old world charm with a great cup of Joe and spiritual benedictine monks chanting in the background. It is truly a place to the heart of what coffee shops began .. a place to discuss business, religion, politics, and philosophy. They take that trait to heart and not only serve great caffeinated beverages, but pastries, desserts, and cafe-style lunch dishes. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Vermijo Community Garden
* http://www.ppugardens.org/community_gardens * Vermijo Park on Vermijo Ave and 26th Stree, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado * To rent: firstname.lastname@example.org *
A beautiful community garden, on the edge of Vermijo Park, downtown Old Colorado City where residents teamed up with the PPUG and funded by the Colorado Home and Garden Show/Care and Share have developed this small unused parcel for a community growing space. It was founded by community member Larry Stebbins who put it all together. Residents in the area can rent plots up to 400 square feet where they can garden and grow vegetables. Community gardens take more committment than a garden in one’s own yard, as the gardener has to visit a couple of times a week with their own tools and supplies rather than step out their back door. However, a perfect solution for the green-thumb types that want a garden but lack yard space to have one. I had the pleasure of seeing this nice space when I visited the wonderful garden as one of the resident Garden Faeries gave a deluxe tour of the plots and invited wanderers from the 2010 Colorado Faerie Festival to come in and offer the nature spirits a rock that they could paint. Very creative constructive idea that added blessings to the garden as well as the festival. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
* 1861 South Nevada Avenue * Colorado Springs, CO 80905 * (719) 635-5550 *
A great litle hole-in-the-wall down by Southgate in the southern part of Colorado Springs where you can get all you can eat sushi for a price. If you’re not up for that price of $24.95 all you can eat – then you can order a la carte. Quick delivery and sensational tastes. The little restaurant has a diner style with Elvis impressionism. It is open mondays through friday 11 am to 9 pm and saturdays from noon to 9 pm, and sundays noon to 8 pm. Its not a typical sushi restaurant as it has the kitch of the Elvis era. This is in part because the owner is a former “Elvis” impersonator known as Takashi “Elvis” Kishimoto. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. One of my favorites.
Tomo Sushi II
* http://eatattomo.com/ * 975 N Academy Blvd * Colorado Springs, CO 80909 * 719-597-2422 *
A little hole-in-the-strip-mall Sushi chain restaurant in the northern part of Colorado Springs with standard Japanese fare. Good atmosphere, good service, and for a lunch rush not bad timing. I went with the lunch Bento Box which consisted of 1 pc jumbo shrimp and 3 pcs of vegetable tempura, gyoza, miso soup and salad, 4 pcs California Roll, 1 Tuna nigiri, 1 Salmon nigiri, 1 Shirome nigiri, and 1 shrimp nigiri – not badly priced but the sushi and other dishes didn’t stand out as anything above and beyond most sushi restaurants. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
* www.thaibasil.us * 7882 North Academy Boulevard * Colorado Springs, CO 80920-3920 *
(719) 268-1688 *
A little hole-in-the-strip-mall Thai chain restaurant in the northern part of Colorado Springs with some intriguing delicacies, decor, and taste. Its more a higher priced “artsy” fusion restaurant than actually a place to get an affordable true Thai meal. The food has style and looks fabulous, but its pretty generic Pan-Asian cuisine. But that’s to be expected with a chain. Chains are notorious for cookie-cutter menus, food, and offerings. Not to say that this place is a cookie-cutter replica of its Denver counterparts … the food is good, just not above average. The menu selections however are a bit more variable than other Thai restaurants in town, especially if you like Thai seafood. They do know how to spice their dishes in an extroadinary Thai hot – hell the receipt even mentions ‘Kill me already’. The atmosphere is good. For lunch i was instantly seated and service was swift and friendly. I enoyed the Mussels appetizer, Pad Thai (thai hot), and a Thai Ice Tea. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Early May on the Talon & Talon North Trails @ Cheyenne Mountain State Park
* http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/ * Highway 115 across from Fort Carson Gate 1 * Colorado Springs, Colorado * [ Review of Cheyenne Mountain State Park ] * [ Talon & Sundance Trail ] * [ Turkey Trot / Sundance / Talon ] *
One of the more popular trails at Colorado’s newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, is a rugged foothills up through the alpine slopes trail starting the ascent of Cheyenne Mountain. These trails are known as “Talon”, “Talon North”, and “Talon South”. You can take Talon from the parking lot by itself, or weave around a different loop journey with Sundance and re-connect with Talon before it slopes steeply up to connect with Talon North and Talon South. These trails have spectacular views of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain as well as a foot journey along some rugged rock outbreaks and spines of the Cheyenne Mountain foothills and are amongst the highest and most western-accessible (at this time) trails in the Park. Talon is a 2.64 mile long (one way) [5.3 miles round trip] moderate trail that increasingly gains elevation as it traverses the prairie and scrub oak and then climbs from the foothills and begins its ascent into the alpine slopes of Cheyenne Mountain. Talon North begins close to the end of Talon Trail for a loop around to Talon’s end before one hikes back another 2.64 miles. Talon North is a 1.6 mile moderate trail with much elevation gain with rocky outbreaks and historic remains along the spire of the break. Talon South takes a different loop, also ending at the end of Talon looping around as a .98 mile moderate trail with a gentle slope and lush vegetation as it weaves through the alpine cool forest.
An early May hike along Talon and Talon North provided many wildlife encounters of prairie dogs, first sightings of rattlesnakes (saw three different ones along the trail along different parts of lower Talon), and budding foliage as Spring takes hold. Granted this hike was just days before Colorado Springs’ additional Spring snowfall – but the wildlife is awake and thriving.
An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant
6928 Mesa Ridge Parkway Fountain, CO 80817-1533 * (719) 390-8700 *
A great little hidden away Vietnamese restaurant on the outskirts of Fountain, Colorado (in a strip mall). Never too crowded, extremely friendly staff, and delicious food – and decently priced as well. The Chinese and the Vietnamese menu offerings are all very good. The Pho is to die for. Not bad Sake either. The ambiance is a little plain – but the service and cuisine makes up for the setting. Always a top-notch experience. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Pranava Yoga Center
* www.pranavayogacenter.com * 718 N. Weber Street * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 80903 * 719-444-8463 *
A very modern and edgy Yoga Center near downtown Colorado Springs. Friendly, warm, hospitable, clean, and full of talent – this center welcomes their visitors with a smile, humor, and charm. That was my first welcoming experience. I signed up for the All-the-Yoga-You-Want First Week Free trial. I took the Saturday 10 am – 11:30 Jivamukti Open Level Yoga class. Wow, even after 10 years of not doing yoga, I quickly remembered some moves and stretches. We had Mike for a teacher (4/17/10) and he was absolutely amazing, funny, and a great teacher. Good music, good chants, good mudras, and good instruction. I was very impressed. I am also feeling it even today as I write this – I was gonna do a sunday class, but I’m a bit too sore. So monday it is instead. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Went back on Monday the 19th of April (2010) for the Basic Yoga class: by Charlotte – An amazing class. While the class space was smaller than the one I did on Saturday, it was a comfortable group and everyone talked and made friends. It was a really good ease-into-movements and breathing class, and Charlotte was really good – working with everyone. I was very impressed. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Colorado Springs Hearseclub Goth Skate Night
Skate City – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Goth Skate Night is a newly formed hangout night for the Colorado Springs Hearse Club and local Goth Community that appears to happen every other month (alternated by a Gothic Bowling Night). While held during a general skate night on a saturday night at Skate City on North Academy, its more of a social mixer where Hearse club enthusiasts, Goths, and Lolitas can meet to rollerskate or hang out with one another. From 8 pm until 10 pm, put on your skates and roll around. The music that Skate City puts out is far from Goth or any similar music, but hopes of the group that more of their favorite songs might be played if more show up.
Colorado Springs Flea Market
* www.csfleamarket.com * 5225 East Platte Avenue * Colorado Springs, CO 80915-3514 * (719) 380-8599 * Sat-Sun: 7 am – 4 pm *
A great place marketed to sell your household and craft goods – Colorado Springs Flea Market advertises themselves as the premiere place to host your garage sale. Every city has them, each one is unique in its own way. Its a place to buy, sell, bargain, and enjoy a family outing – food, entertainment, and vendors galore. They host up to 500 vendors throughout Colorado at this market on a 30 acre paved site with new and used merchandise, and open year round every weekend with plenty of free parking. Admission is $2 with kids 12+ free. Sometimes live acts bless the space with musical entertainment and a food cart is driven up and down the aisles. I enjoyed my time there even though my new metaphysical merchandise didn’t sell too great. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Between Time and Timbuktu – A Compilation of Plays by Kurt Vonnegut
http://www.theatredart.org * April 2 – 18th, 2010 * Osborne Theater * UCCS University Hall * 3955 Cragwood Drive * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719-264-9476 * $10 general * $5 students * Free for UCCS Students *
A fabulous theater production of the Kurt Vonnegut series of plays called “Between Time and Timbuktu” is a very small audienced packed theater on the UCCS campus. It starts out with young Stony Stevenson winning hilarious “Blast Off” energy drink poetry contest whose prize rockets him into space and time travel. He boards the Prometheus-5 while his mother stands by excited for her stoned son … who takes a bizarre journey through time embracing Kurt Vonnegut’s notable plays such as the “cat’s cradle”, “Player Piano”, “Welcome to the Monkey House”, “The Sirens of Titan”, “Happy Birthday Wanda June” and “Harrison Bergeron”. Excellently done with a professional and fun-loving staff. The performers were beyond amazing in this production as was those weaving the works with lighting, costumes, set design, and imagery. Merging together in-your-face acting that can literally trip over your leg or splash water from a syringe into your face, with a back drop of a humongous gallery of televisions, Theatre ‘d Art is the best stage for this production. I had quite a few friends part of this production – well done! well done! A must see! Unfortunately my review was delayed by life so tonight is your last chance to see this amazing show … Go if you can get in! Tickets can be reserved by calling the theater. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
* 3135 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs * 80909 * (719) 685-4500 *
Bargain Mart – one of my favorite discounted groceries hosts proudly adverts claiming they are the ‘lowest priced groceries in town’ – which they are unquestionably in this town, the most affordable bargains you can find. Its because they deal in the discounted grocery, closeouts, overstocks, and damaged freight goods. Here you can get most high brand salad dressings that usually cost you $3 a bottle, for a great deal of 2 dressings for a $1.25. Started up by John and Jean Fowler, it was taken over by Jim and Diane Krug to provide an alternative for west-side shoppers boasting having 70’s pricing scales. There are two others in the area – on the east side of the Springs and Manitou Springs – all different owners. Here you find a variety of foods – always a treasure trove of finds – always different, though some brand names can be seen there on a frequent basis. They carry the stuff that premiere and pricey grocery stores think they can’t sell – dented cans, surplus that might have torn labels or missing labels, improperly guled cereal boxes, inventory at King Soopers that someone opened up on the shelf to take a single item from, now making the set un-sellable there – all of these items go to a reclamation center to determine what should be boxed up for discount outlets like Bargain Mart, disposed of, or given to charities. Bargain Mart weeds through the surplus and won’t carry anything that is perishable which makes them different than alot of their competitors. They also have alot of organic and natural foods in their inventories.
I’ve found lots of Starbucks coffee, high-end teas such as Oregon Chai, A Taste of Thai, and other great finds. They also have electronics, household goods, and clothing in their offerings. I often get Vitamin Water, Propel, and Gatorade for 50 cents a bottle there. For the soda drinkers, you usually can get your can of coke or pepsi for 25 cents a can. Of course my most favorite grocery store – is Trader Joe’s, where you get perfectly packaged, brand new unique grocery stuff for comparable prices to Bargain Mart – but alas, there are no Trader Joes in the state of Colorado. Therefore my shopping plan is check first at Bargain Mart, write down on a list of what-can-wait for my Trader Joe trips to New Mexico I do every other month, and then its off to the Vitamin Cottage, King Soopers, or Safeway. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
VNV Nation, System Syn, Revolution State
* Thursday, 8 April 2010 * 8 PM – 12:30 AM * The Black Sheep * 2106 E. Platte Ave * Colorado Springs, Colorado *
While I’m not a big fan of the Black Sheep as a venue (too small, too grungy, the sound is often messed up, and other items too numerous to mention here) – I was very pleased with this show, the performers, and the crowd. It’s simply a rarity that VNV Nation will hit a small town like Colorado Springs, especially at the affordable rate of $15.00. The big additional plus is to be able to see Revolution State open up for VNV – which was like icing on the cake. System Syn was great too – so a three-spice addition to the night. VNV of course was amazing as I’ve always seen them be (but wasn’t one of their best shows as the venue wasn’t complimentary to their greatness). A spectacular time was had by all – combining the venue with each of the performers I give the overall concert experience a … 4 stars our of 5. [note – I’ve been to several shows at the Black Sheep [venue rates 2.5 out of 5], I’ve seen System Syn three times – this was an o.k. show for them [rates 4 out of 5], this was a first time for Revolution State – great first impression! [rates 4.5 out of 5 stars] and VNV I’ve seen around the world – six times – this wasn’t their best [rates 4 stars out of 5].
System Syn is a futurepop/electro-industrial/tech/goth band that started in 1997 and has been pulsating their audiences ever since. Comprised of Clint Carney who makes up the vocals, lyrics, and studio music as well as backup vocals for Imperative Reaction; we have Atom Strange on synthesizers; Jake Strange on guitar and backup vocals; and Jaymie Valentine with live synths and backing vocals (who is also the singer and songwriter for Cindergarden). Together they make an amazing quad of talent.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Revolution-State/160376909924 or http://www.revstate.com
A Colorado Springs talented duet – Ben and Bonnie P. brings to stage an amazing act of electrifying Industrial/Electro/Tech/IDM Beats. Analogue laden Electro-Noise that brings forth another world – A Revolution State – where modern technology meets vintage instrumentation harmonized to save the Earth. They began in 2000 focused on a philosophy with music and sound to bring it to life. In 2003 they added to songs to the Velvet Acid Christ album ‘Hex Angel’; Utopia Dystopia ‘Misery’ and ‘Eva’. In 2005 They brought to life a live act called “Noizekatt” and released their first LP called “Revolution State” vs. “Noizekatt”. In 2006 two of their remixes were contributed to Velvet Acid Christ’s ‘Wound’ and ‘Ghost Regen’ as well as an ethereal dance remix of ‘Demon Breeder’ to Neikka RPM’s ‘Rise of the 13th Serpent’. They were signed with Vendetta Music in 2007 and since 2009 have been weaving some magical creations and remixes.
VNV stands for “Victory Not Vengeance” for a motto of “One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret”. VNV is a European-Duo composed of Ronan Harris on electronics/lyrics/vocals and Mark Jackson on Drums. They bring together a clash of modern and classical Europe culture where mythology and technology live in an uneasy fusion but embracing a world view – comprised of electronic dance music, industrial, trance, synthpop, and EBM (Electronic body music) to ballads and classical inspired music. They serve a contemporary underground club culture and are well known for their Goth, Industrial, and Classical music that is inspired by art, literature, philosophy, and the classics. Originally from Wexford, Republic of Ireland and London and now based in Hamburg, Germany – The Duo began in 1990 when Ronan Harris moved from Dublin to London and put together a collage of orchestral and electronic dance pieces where he self-produced “Body Pulse” and “Strength of Youth”. In 1994 he was signed with the German label “Discordia” and put out the CD “Advance and Follow” – the same year that Mark Jackson joined him as the drummer. In 1998 they signed with the German label “Off-Beat” and released “Praise the Fallen” and the “Solitary EP” in the same year as doing their first headline tour of Germany. By 1999 They signed with Dependent Records, releasing “Empires” and several of their songs hit the German Alternative Charts. By 2001 the first ever VNV Nation album was remastered and released as “Advance and Follow v2”, with more new music on the horizon, hitting the German Media Control Charts and embarking on the highly successful “Futureperfect” tour of Europe and North America. In 2003 They form their own label “Anachron Sounds” and throughout 2003/2004 hold German Music CD and DVD charts. By 2005 They hit 8 major US cities with Front 242 with all shows sold out except the Detroit one affected by a major snowstorm – ‘Matter and Form’ hits #7 on the US Billboard Electronic Chart as well as many other charts around the world. Since 2005 – They have been producing, recording, and touring some amazing stuff and a major favorite of the Gothic/Industrial Club culture.
Manitou Springs, Colorado
A beautiful and charming little resort town of approximately 4,980 citizens (census 2000), nestled at the base of Pikes Peak, just 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs, Colorado is Manitou Springs that is approximately 3 miles square. The town is a big part of “Colorado Springs” and both towns are referred to as “The Springs” by its inhabitants. Manitou is named after the enchanting naturally carbonated springs that well up from one of several fountains throughout the town, most of which have drinking fountains for the public to fill up their water bottles in, each with a distinct flavor and effect. The area historically was an attractant as a spa and healing resort for those suffering from tuberculosis as the healthy fresh mountain air, bubbling springs, and healing minerals were believed to be quite a successful cure for individual ailments. It became such a hotspot that the inhabiting Ute Indians were pushed out by the white settlers and vacation resorts, cabins, cottages, and even a castle was built to take advantage of the Springs. The Utes were believed to curse the area so that no ‘white’ business would ever succeed. In the 1970’s, Woodland Park that is located up Ute Pass approximately 19 miles west, built a sewage treatment plant on top of the fault line which made most of the Springs undrinkable during most of the 1980’s until corrected by the 1990’s. The area is quite a tourist resort and attraction for the area for antique stores, metaphysics, Christianity, Pike’s Peak Railway, Briarhurst Manor, The Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, the North Pole, Iron Springs Chateau & Melodrama, and Miramount Castle. In addition, Manitou is known for fabulously crazy festivals such as the Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Cake Tosses, Wine Festivals, Carnival, Gumbo cook-offs, and many other events. An amazing must see hotspot. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
- Ancient Mariner
- Briarhurst Manor
- Crystal Park, Colorado
- Emma Crawford Coffin Races
- Garden of the Gods
- Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, Manitou Springs, Colorado
- Tajine Alami Morroccon Restaurant
- 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl, 3rd Annual Zombie Crawl
Fort Carson Recreation Center
* http://www.mwrfortcarson.com/recreation-and-sports.php * Equipment Checkout Center * Building 2429, Specker Avenue * Fort Carson, Colorado * 80913 * Phone: 526-1993 * Fax: 524-3211 * Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Closed on Sunday, Monday, and all federal holidays. *
A great and affordable service center for the outdoor recreationist who has a military connection. Available to service DoD military personnel and families, civilians, and contractors – this fabulous resource is open through the week tuesdays through saturdays with a nice small-scale REI-styled equipment shop and full scale equiptment rental office. They offer at downright cheap prices amazing service and the gear you need for any outdoor adventure – skis, snowboards, snowshoes, bicycles, sports equipment (softball kits, soccer balls, basket balls, tennis rackets, etc.) entertainment, party & event equipment (including dunk tanks, inflatable Jump castles and slides) camping, hunting & fishing equipment, all season equipment (grills, pig roasters, coolers, banquet tables & chairs), flat bed utility trailers, pop-up A-frame campers, bass type fishing boats, pontoon boats & canoes. I’ve used them twice to this date – for skis over a weekend ($26 for boots, skis, and poles covered from friday through tuesday) and snowshoes & poles ($12 for saturday-tuesday). Quick, efficient, and well laid out. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. As long as I’m working for the military, I’ll be using them. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Hellzapoppin Sideshow
* Thursday, 8 pm – 1 am, 25 March 2010 * The Rocket Room * 230 Pueblo Ave * (the corner of Wahsatch & Cimarron) * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719-447-4990 * http://www.myspace.com/therocketroom * $10 cover *
On a dark chilly evening in a corner bar where Rock-a-billy lives in Colorado Springs, sprung to live one of the modern versions of a classic era circus sideshow … known to its fans as the “Hellzapoppin Sideshow”. This sideshow is proud to have differing feature performers, most notably “The Torture King” from the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and “Slymenstra Hymen” from GWAR. Many of their performers have travelled with many sideshows and circuses, as well as appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Discovery Channel, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Learning Channel, Guinness Book of World Records, HDNet, and the National Geographic Channel. The show boasts a staff of true vagabond artists – artisans with hearts full of wanderlust on a modern day pirate ship. They are notoriously a circus for adults! For a mere $10 one could enter this fantasy world with juggling, fire spinning, ball play, sword swallowing, glass walking, body piercing, contortion, accordians, humor, and music … not to mention potent affordable drinks. The show was phenomenal for the small bar scene and the performers were amazing. It was a refreshing treat to a stressful week. We were first entertained by a pinhead accordian singer followed by some sensational burlesque. Juggling, comedy, firespinning, and Laura as a hot girl in a bubble which is a full size hamster ball that she does acrobatics and juggles inside. The Torture King amazed us with glass eating, glass walking, sword laying, and body piercing. More burlesque, juggling, and fire play. Lady Diabla swallowed swords, had darts stuck into her back, and amazed us with her shoulder shrugs to pain. A girl placed into a box that was sliced and diced with swords. Very entertaining indeed! A must see side show! At this particular show we were blessed with the presence of Zamora The Torture King, Lady Diabla, Bryce “The Govna” Graves, Laura, John Shaw, and some others I heard a rumor were local talent. Rating 4.3 stars out of 5.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Talon, Sundance Trail, Turkey Trot
* http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/ * Highway 115 across from Fort Carson Gate 1 * Colorado Springs, Colorado *
One of the more popular trails at Colorado’s newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, is a rugged foothills up through the alpine slopes trail starting the ascent of Cheyenne Mountain. These popular trails are known as “Talon” and “Sundance” which weave around each other as they climb upwards. You can take Talon from the parking lot by itself, or weave around a different loop journey with Sundance. Both of these trails have spectacular views of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain. Turkey Trot is a very easy 0.46 mile mostly flat trail that connects Sundance and Talon on the valley floor and is named as such because it’s so easy a turkey could do it. Talon is a 2.64 mile long moderate trail that increasingly gains elevation as it traverses the prairie and scrub oak and then climbs from the foothills and begins its ascent into the alpine slopes of Cheyenne Mountain. Sundance is a loop that weaves in and out of Talon, and is an easy 3.29 mile, mostly flat trail with minor elevation gain – beginning in the prairie dog colonies and prairies, scrub oak foothills, and variable terrain. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2010; 1/10/2010; 1/18/2010.
the Ritz Grill
* http://ritzgrill.com/ * 15 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 635-8484 *
The Ritz grill is a popular ‘older crowd’ bar and dance place in downtown Colorado Springs. Often frequented by 80’s cover bands and other live acts, the Ritz is a full scale restaurant and bar. They often throw themed parties like “Fat Tuesday”, “Halloween”, and “Xmas parties”. This visit on 11/15/2010 was a fundraiser for the Haiti Earthquake survivors. The food is very food. Though this visit I only came a drinkin’ vodka n’ club soda. Good service, friendly staff, fun times. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.
King Chef’s Diner
* 131 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719.636.5010 * http://www.kingschefdiner.com/
My first experience at the King Chef’s was pretty good and tasty. While I only got the “enormous” pancake scramble sandwich, I found the place to be reasonably priced, with large portions, friendly staff, and good service. Its nice to have a diner right in the heart of Colorado Springs. I’m guessing its a new addition to the downtown scene, a bar/club stumble from the Springs’ main clubs, and having late night hours. They were brilliant in choosing this location. They are known for their green chili dishes. Apparently there is a smaller diner outlet (13 seat original purple castle) on Costilla in downtown that is also a popular place (but with little seating) that I’ve somehow missed over the last four years partying downtown. This larger Bijou Street location has plenty of seating any day of the week and are now open late on fridays and saturday nights. Apparently they are known for their burgers, burritos, melts, and chili dishes. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
252 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard * Colorado Springs, CO 80906-3720 * (719) 576-5223 * http://www.hatchcover.biz/
A double-story remote restaurant off of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard – one of the last places you’d expect to find a seafood based restaurant and bar. Its more of a fried grill bar or tavern. Its a pretty well known neighbourhood hangout on the southside of Colorado Springs and is often called “The Hatch” by its patrons. Friendly staff and good service. I’ve been to the ‘hatch’ a few times. Always seems to be a popular spot for co-workers going away parties, birthday parties, and events. This visit I enjoyed the Crab cakes – which were pretty good for a landlocked area and at a decent price. Two Maryland crab medallion cakes werved with a side of chipotle aioli for $7.99. Just drank Grey Goose vodka and club soda so can’t comment on the beers. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Taste of Thai Spice
* off B Street & S. Academy, 1609 LaShelle Way, Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719.226.1999 *
A small hole-in-the-wall and kinda hard to get to, little Thai restaurant off Academy. Its worth the loop-arounds you have to drive to get to it. Quiet atmosphere, decorative, and extremely friendly staff. Pad Thai is pretty decent, and the Panang Curry is rather good. The Pad Khao King was good too. The Coconut soup and Thai Ice Tea rocks. The Peanut Chicken Skewers are very delicious. I haven’t tried many Thai restaurants in the Springs, but so far this is one of my favorites. Rated 4 stars out of 5.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Talon & Sundance Trails
* http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/ * Highway 115 across from Fort Carson Gate 1 * Colorado Springs, Colorado *
One of the more popular trails at Colorado’s newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, is a rugged foothills up through the alpine slopes trail starting the ascent of Cheyenne Mountain. These popular trail is known as “Talon” and “Sundance” which weave around each other as they climb upwards. You can take Talon from the parking lot by itself, or weave around a different loop journey with Sundance. Both of these trails have spectacular views of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain. Talon is a 2.64 mile long moderate trail that increasingly gains elevation as it traverses the prairie and scrub oak and then climbs from the foothills and begins its ascent into the alpine slopes of Cheyenne Mountain. Sundance is a loop that weaves in and out of Talon, and is an easy 3.29 mile, mostly flat trail with minor elevation gain – beginning in the prairie dog colonies and prairies, scrub oak foothills, and variable terrain. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2010; 1/10/2010; 1/18/2010.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
* http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/ * Highway 115 across from Fort Carson Gate 1 * Colorado Springs, Colorado *
Colorado’s newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park took over the lands of the old JL Ranch that is nestled in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain right in front of NORAD. It is roughly 1,680 acres large. It was acquired in June of 2000 by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado State parks, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Colorado Lottery, El Paso County, and other local private organizations. It represents protection of one of the last significant open spaces along the southern section of the Colorado Front Range. The environments consist of open space of the eastern flank of Cheyenne Mountain and the borders of Colorado’s plains covering the wide variety of landscape, wildlife, botany, and geology the transitional panorama offers. Wildlife consists of deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, foxes, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles. The park first opened in October of 2006 and is currently El Paso county’s only State Park. The Park hosts over 20 miles of trails open to hikers and bikers. Dogs and horses are not permitted since many ground-nesting birds are in the area. The Park has a large information center, gift shop, educational displays, interpretive programs, campgrounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, evening programs, nature hikes, restrooms, and a camp office/store. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2010; 1/10/2010; 1/18/2010.
- Acorn Alley Trail
- Blackmer Loop Trail
- Bobcat Way Trail
- Boulder Run Trail
- Coyote Run Trail
- Cougars Shadow Trail
- Little Bear
- Medicine Wheel
- Raccoon Ridge Trail
- Talon North
- Talon South
- Soaring Kestral
- Turkey Trot
- Zook Loop
Punks & Monks @ the Rubbish Art Gallery
* January 8th – 28th, 2010 * Rubbish Art Gallery * 17B Bijou Street * Colorado Springs, Colorado * www.rubbishgallery.com
Opening night began on January 8th at the Rubbish Art Gallery, in the alley across from the 15C Bar at 17B Bijou from 6 pm until 10 pm hosting the inspirational and spiritual artwork of Luke Sheffer who merges together the cultural juxtaposition of the spiritual with the punk musical. Taking the alternative singers, actors, and singers of his time, merged into a Christo-spiritual montage of the divine, Luke brings some remarkable glimpses of those who bring thought and action to words, images, and motion. The evening started out with some appetizers and the display of art, champagne and beer, wrapping up with a punk band called “The Pachisi Champion & the Nicotine Fits” with DJ Tanner and Juicebox spinning the night away. Good times and good conversations, brilliant visuals, and a fun time. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
American Classics Marketplace
*1815 North Academy Blvd * Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 * 719.596.8585 / 719.574.2049 * http://www.classicsmarket.com/ *
A large warehouse with hundreds of antique dealers with booths all blended together as one super-store. The entire complex is a maze of consignment booths from local antique dealers. The variety of goods is overwhelming and cannot be fully shopped or browsed in a day. While each booth is unique, priced, and run by different merchants, the merchants are seldom around, as you gather your items and pay at the cashier at the entrance/exit of the warehouse. Many sales are happening weekly making the bargains even more incredible. There are also some craft dealers and artisans present. Because the store is so large, you might need to hunt down a staff person for assistance even though there is a large staff presence at all times. While we only spent 4 hours in the store, it was pretty amazing. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Third Annual Colorado Springs Zombie Crawl and 80’s Dance Party
Every October * Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado *
Every year, the zombie clans of Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, Denver, and surrounding areas take over the streets of majorly populated city centers in Colorado. Some say it’s an active re-occuring flu-like flesh-eating variant of the swine flu, others say it’s a zombie apocalypse, while many just embrace it as a new annual tradition around the world. Yes, Zombie crawls happen in almost every major city on the globe. They are growing phenomenally in population and occurence. Some say this is a sign that the end times are near and is a training routine for the zombie apocalypse. Are you prepared? Basically a Zombie Crawl is either an organized or unorganized assembly or flash mob of people dressed like zombies or the undead. Its primarily advertised by word of mouth, the internet, and social networks as it is meant to be a surprise event on the public. It is a mass group improv theatrical performance. It mutates annually to involve not only the living dead, but zombie hunters, and victims. Some are staged as spoof political rallies organized “to raise awareness of zombie rights”. Often you find a combination of all the above. The First zombie walk to hit North America, took place in 2001 on the streets of Sacremento, California. This replicated in 2002. Then October 2003 the zombies hit Toronto, Ontario. Frequency started to occur throughout North American cities. On October 29, 2006, 894 participants gathered at the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, which served as the set of the classic zombie film Dawn of the Dead setting the Guiness Book of World Records. A zombie march in Brisbane, Australia on May 25, 2008 set an unofficial record of over 1500 participants according to media reports. On June 21, 2008, a zombie march took place in Chicago with a reported of over 1,550 zombies, setting a new unofficial record. Close to 50 cities worldwide participated in World Zombie Day on October 26, 2008 with over 7,500 zombies estimated. On October 30, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the largest site of zombies anywhere in the world. Even though the official tally was at 3,370 zombies, well over 4,000+ zombies showed up to this event. [wikipedia] On 3 July 2009, a zombie walk in the Fremont neighboorhood of Seattle broke the previous record set by Grand Rapids – Guinness World Records officially recorded 3,894 zombies, though local news claimed 4,277 participants (I was there and have to say there were hundreds of zombies who didn’t want to stand in line for the official registration count so I believe the latter).
After attending the 2006 Denver 1st annual Zombie Crawl, Leaf McGowan decided to start and become founder of the Manitou Springs, Colorado on October 17, 2007 [roughly 45 zombies]; and continuing with the one in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 28, 2007 [with 67 zombies] that was put on by his shop “The Tree Leaves Oracle.” In addition to the Tree Leaves’ Oracle, the Manitou Springs Crawl was also sponsored by the Ancient Mariner where the after party was held. The Colorado Springs one was also sponsored by the Underground Bar’s Goth Night. It was so successful that he continued them in 2008. [ Manitou Springs 2008 Zombie Crawl and Party with est. 70 zombies ] [ Colorado Springs 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl & 80’s Party with 150+ zombies ] The 2008 Manitou Springs after-crawl social was held at the Ancient Mariner and the 2008 Colorado Springs crawl party was held again at the Underground with the amazing 80’s tunes by DJ Gypsy. This year, the crawls and parties took place again – in Manitou Springs on October 12th with 45 zombies braving freezing cold ice-rain conditions and ending their party at the Townhouse Lounge that hosted live entertainment and drink specials for the brave souls bearing winter conditions. This year’s Colorado Springs Zombie crawl took place on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Underground Bar on the corner of Kiowa and Nevada. They openened their doors for the crowds to have a warm place to do make-up and costume help at 6:30 pm, from which they crawled from at 8 pm down Nevada, Bijou, Tejon, and Kiowa – returning back to the Underground for a spectacular 80’s dance party with music by the amazing DJ Gypsy. The party lasted until 1:30 am. It was estimated to have had 209+ participants this year. This year’s crawls came out to be a complete success with no known injuries, accidents, or issues. To become part of next year’s crawls, with a possible addition of a Spring crawl, visit the following network sites: http://www.treeleavesoracle.org/events/zombie.html; Manitou Springs: http://www.myspace.com/manitouzombiecrawl or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208; Colorado Springs: www.myspace.com/coloradospringszombiewalk or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208. Also in Colorado, organized by completely different Monsters is the Denver Annual Zombie Crawl and the new Boulder Zombie Crawl.
Third Zombie Outbreak in Colorado Springs
uWorld News Press: October 24, 2009: 0300 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
This has been the 3rd reported outbreak of zombie virus (feH1N1z) in Colorado Springs. This small city thought they were done with it. But each year, it seems to re-surface. First in 2007 with roughly 65 contaminated, the disease reared its ugly head again in 2008 with 150+ infected, this outbreak this year is purported to have over 209+ ill with the virus (estimated from the uCDC’s head count of unique faces in photographic evidence of the outbreak). It is feared that it could spread in mass quantity to Denver later this afternoon if not properly quarantined.
Apparently, a lab technician involved in the spread of the virus in Manitou Springs two weeks prior, who was believed to be in remission and over cantagion re-infected and began on a rampage through the day at his lab eating the brains of his co-workers and neighbours. He setup a fake vaccination clinic at the Underground at 110 N. Nevada in downtown Colorado Springs with the false advertisement of having a cure and preventative for the disease. He even had a doctor endorse it. However, it was a staged trap. Everyone who entered the Underground became infected enmass, and within hours burst through the door of the Underground onto the streets of quiet Colorado Springs. Families, women, children, men, and city workers were infected. Tamed and gentle ‘zombies’ still infected from the previous year passed out fliers for solidarity and unity amongst zombies. A bloodbath still occured in the depths of the Underground nonetheless. The crowd of flesh craving zombies crawled down Nevada, Bijou, and all along Tejon streets of the downtown area. Passerbys and citizens didn’t know what to think – from terror and screams to smiles and kodak moments. More of Colorado Springs became infected. The uCDC quarantined as many as they could back into the Underground for containment and treatment with cocktail specials laced with antidotes. The zombie mashing tunes of DJ Gypsy kept the zombies contained on the dancefloor while the bar entertained the rest. It was quite an affair until 2 am when the antidotes finally set in. However, it is believed several zombies escaped containment and treatment currently enroute for Denver.
80’s Thursday at Thunder & Buttons * 2415 W Colorado Ave * Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3021* (719) 447-9888 * www.thunderandbuttons.com *
DJ Gypsy spinning 80’s at Thunder and Buttons
A new night in the works getting Colorado Springs back into the 80’s flair with the amazing DJ Gypsy enchanting all with some of the best of the era. Definitely a much needed new night for the area. A saloon hosts the night that is named after some local history. In 1888 a Colorado City resident named Prairie Dog O’Byrne had a carriage pulled by two elk he named ‘Thunder’ and ‘Buttons’. His infamous partner from the Red light district Laura Bell would race this carriage up and down the very street where this saloon is located. This saloon was established and named in their honor. Established in 1978 it burnt down 10 years later. It was re-established in 2004 by an Air Force Academy graduate as Thunder and Buttons II. It now hosts a pretty popular bar and grill with various entertainment nights such as this 80’s night to mark up its calendar for fun and frolick. DJ Gypsy is definitely providing a good draw of music and charm to spice up everyone’s thursday nights. I hope this night continues as it is definitely a blessing for the local scene. Looking forward to more fine evenings having a blast to the past.