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23rd Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races (Manitou Springs, Colorado)

Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017

23rd Annual – Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017
October 28, 2017 – Manitou Springs, Colorado

It has been over a decade since I’ve been to the Coffin Races. It is still as fun as ever. I got to see some old friends and colleagues, got a guest spot on the bleachers for a good view, and to hang with the hearse club momentarily. Before the event, went to the Comic shop for their mimosas and pancakes event where signings were being done from a actor on the Walking Dead. Everyone’s costumes at the affair are always to the nines, with incredible creativity. It is however a very busy event with a nightmare for parking unless you come early and take the hike in. It is one of my favorite Colorado Festivals. While the City has become a little bit more constrained and stiffling of the event, it still has a great flavor of wildness, entertainment, and fun. Every October, the city of Manitou Springs Colorado comes together to celebrate a facet of macabre history of the village – the day that Emma Crawford’s coffin came racing down the mountain. To celebrate it, residents and visitors alike come dressed up in Halloween costumes and the main street is shut down for a “coffin race” for all to see.

Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs in the 1800’s seeking a cure for her struggle with tuberculosis. Since the Springs of Manitou were notorious for curing TB, it was a good place for her to be. In 1890 though, the illness got the best of her, and she passed away. Her wish upon her death was to be buried on top of Red Mountain, overlooking the village.

Friends, family, and villagers honored her request, hauled her body up the mountain, and buried her atop the mountain. However, as is common with this region susceptible to floods and weather … Several years of rain and harsh weather chewed away at the top soil above her grave and eventually her remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below where two young boys discovered her name plate and silver handles of her casket.

Annually Manitou celebrates the event and the woman with parades, parties, concerts, and a city event.

Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017 (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=34079), Manitou Springs, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 28, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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Emma Crawford Coffin Races

Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017

Every October, the city of Manitou Springs Colorado comes together to celebrate a facet of macabre history of the village – the day that Emma Crawford’s coffin came racing down the mountain. To celebrate it, residents and visitors alike come dressed up in Halloween costumes and the main street is shut down for a “coffin race” for all to see.

Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs in the 1800’s seeking a cure for her struggle with tuberculosis. Since the Springs of Manitou were notorious for curing TB, it was a good place for her to be. In 1890 though, the illness got the best of her, and she passed away. Her wish upon her death was to be buried on top of Red Mountain, overlooking the village.

Friends, family, and villagers honored her request, hauled her body up the mountain, and buried her atop the mountain. However, as is common with this region susceptible to floods and weather … Several years of rain and harsh weather chewed away at the top soil above her grave and eventually her remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below where two young boys discovered her name plate and silver handles of her casket.

Annually Manitou celebrates the event and the woman with parades, parties, concerts, and a city event.

15th Annual Emma Crawford Races, 2009

23rd Annual Emma Crawford Races, 2017


Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017 (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=34079), Manitou Springs, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 28, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland, Colorado


Frozen Dead Guy and the Ice Queen
Nederlands, Colorado

Frozen Dead Guy Days * Nederlands, Colorado
It all began in 1993 when Trygve Bauge was deported back to Norway after over-staying his visa. What he left behind in Nederland came as a shock to local law enforcement and residents: the “cryogenically” frozen body of his grandfather, Bredo Morstol, in a freezer in a ice tough shed. Bauge was planning on starting a cryogenics facility on his property, keeping his grandfather packed in dry ice. Shortly after the discovery, the town board passed a law making such storage illegal, but Morstol was ‘grandfathered in” and the news of this brought national and international headlines. Many years of tourists followed with individuals asking “where the frozen dead guy is” and that’s when the city decided to put on an annual festival (similar to Manitou Springs infamous Ema Crawford Coffin Races) and capitalize on the news event bringing tourists to their small mining community. They called it “Frozen Dead Guy Days” with a Grandpa look-a-like contest, quest to find him a “frozen bride”, a coffin race, a polar plunge, a parade, and a “Blue Ball”. The Grandpa still resides in Nederland in his cozy “Tuff Shed” donated by the company of the same name to house his freezer. Dry ice is still delivered and he is re-packed on a regular basis. The festival runs three days early March. They recommend to dress warmly, sign up ahead of time for events such as the coffin race or the look-alike contest, and recommend spending the night in Nederland. In 2009, I attended during the Saturday events for the Parade and the Polar Bear Plunge. Fabulous festival. Got completely dumped on by snow which added tremendous effect. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2009 – continued
2009 event continued …


Hearse Parade

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