The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is an excellent place to get in touch with this city’s history. It’s now in the El Paso County Courthouse, an ornate, repurposed period building at 215 South Tejon Street downtown. The admission is free and there’s plenty of street parking and a nearby garage to use if you plan to stay awhile, and you should because guided tours are its specialty.
The city of sunshine, one of this resort town’s primary nicknames, is suitable for a city that has been entertaining travelers for more than a century. America’s health restoring capital should be another nickname because at least 1/3 of its early visitors came seeking treatment for tuberculosis. This museum thrives on a number of temporary and almost permanent exhibits. The current big one is COS @ 150. This exhibit’s subname is “Exploring Colorado Springs through objects for its 150th birthday”. The snowman above is in it and shows the non-serious nature of this fine exhibit that will be up until at least the end of this year. The staff assured me that it will be up probably longer. The lady whom I talked to assured me that some of this museum’s exhibits had been mounted since before she began volunteering.
,This museum has been collecting local artifacts of high interest since 1896. It moved to this courthouse in 1979 to prevent a wrecking ball from destroying it. It has consistently used community storytellers to stir curiosity about the city. COS @ 150 opened on January 1, 2021 and has drawn a crowd. It explores Colorado Springs history through objects like a buckskin suit, a map of the Rosemont Reservoir that helped the Broadmoor Hotel create its famous lake, and the festive snowman above. This exhibit divides this city’s history into decades and provides examples of fun objects that helped create it.
‘Exploring this attraction’s 2 floors and appreciating the building it’s in were the chief draws for me. I learned that one time superstar Lon Chaney, who made the Phantom of the Opera famous, was born here, and that noted Croatian Nikola Tesla visited here in 1899 before moving on to New York and scientific glory. Hewlett Packard was once a big business presence here also. COS @ 150 brings those who see it right up to the present. There were 1,339 homeless Coloradans living on its cold streets in 2020.