Manitou Springs, Colorado

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City of Manitou Springs, Colorado
City
Manitou Springs City Hall.JPG
Motto: At the foot of Pikes Peak
Location in El Paso County and the state of Colorado
Location in El Paso County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°51′24″N 104°54′36″W / 38.85667°N 104.91000°W / 38.85667; -104.91000Coordinates: 38°51′24″N 104°54′36″W / 38.85667°N 104.91000°W / 38.85667; -104.91000
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1] El Paso
Incorporated January 25, 1888[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Marc A. Snyder[3]
Area
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Land 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 6,412 ft (1,938 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,992
 • Density 1,600/sq mi (610/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5] 80829
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-48445
GNIS feature ID 0193457
Website City of Manitou Springs

The city of Manitou Springs is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The town was founded for its scenic setting and natural mineral springs. The downtown area continues to be of interest to travelers, particularly in the summer, as the downtown area consists of many one-story, adjoining, small shops, restaurants, and pubs, as well as a creekside city park with a children's playground made from unusual materials. Among other services, shops cater to tourist interests such as clothing, candy, souvenirs, and outdoor recreation. The main road through the center of town was one of the direct paths to the base of Pikes Peak. Barr Trail, which winds its way up Pikes Peak, is easily accessible from town. The subdivision Crystal Hills was added to the municipality in the 1960s.

The population was 4,992 Manitounians at the 2010 census.[6] Students are served by Manitou Springs School District 14 and Manitou Springs High School.

History[edit]

General William Jackson Palmer and Dr. William Abraham Bell founded Manitou Springs in 1872, intending the town to be a "scenic health resort." In 1876, the town was incorporated.[7] "Manitou Springs has been the quintessential tourist town since the 1870s, when visitors discovered the healing waters the Ute Indians had been drinking for years. Many of the town's mineral springs still function today and the water is free."[8]

Springs compromised in the 1970s[edit]

In the 1970s, Woodland Park, 19 miles (31 km) up Ute Pass, built a sewage treatment plant on top of the fault line that forms the pass. As a result, many of the springs were made undrinkable during the bulk of the 1980s, but this has since largely been corrected.

Historic District[edit]

In 1980, the Manitou Springs Historic District was formed by the Historic Preservation Committee to manage development, renovation and preservation within the town.[7] It is National Register of Historic Places listing[9] and one of the country's largest National Historic Districts.[10]

Waldo Canyon Fire[edit]

In June 2012, the entire city was evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon Fire burning nearby. Portions of western Colorado Springs were also evacuated. Manitou Springs did not suffer any fire damage and the city was only under evacuation orders from 1:30am Monday until 8pm the same day when the order was lifted and residents were allowed back home. There is no fire damage visible from Manitou Springs and all businesses are currently open. [11]

Government[edit]

Manitou Springs is a local government and a home rule city located within the Colorado Springs metropolitan area.[7]

City council[edit]

Manitou Springs is managed by the elected mayor and 6 city council members. The mayor is elected to a 2-year term. Council members are elected to 4 year, overlapping, terms. Three council members are "at large" members and three members represent one of the 3 wards in Manitou Springs.[12][13] Manitou Springs residents may attend the following meetings or working sessions held each month at the Council Chambers at 606 Manitou Avenue.[14]

1st Tuesday 2nd Tuesday 3rd Tuesday 4th Tuesday
City Council meeting Working session City Council meeting Optional working session

City Boards and Commissions[edit]

The Manitou Springs City Boards and Commissions include:[15]

  • Business Improvement District sponsors events and promotions to encourage tourism and business within Manitou Springs. It was also formed to "improve the cleanliness, safety, and marketability of the Downtown Historic District."[16]
  • Fountain Creek Restoration Committee[17]
  • Historic Preservation Commission manages development, restoration and preservation of the Historic District.[18]
  • iManitou including the Chamber of Commerce, Office of Economic Development and Visitors Bureau.[19]
  • Metro Parking District, which operates parking lots.[20]
  • Mineral Springs Foundation was organized to "restore, protect and publicize the natural mineral springs".[21]
  • Open Space Advisory Committee was formed to acquire open space.[22]
  • Park and Recreation Advisory Board is charged with the enhancement and promotion of the local parks and trails.[23]
  • Parking Authority Board[24]
  • Planning Commission, with the objective of "guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, well adjusted and harmonious development of the City and its environs."[25]
  • Urban Renewal Authority Board to oversee the "redevelopment of the east end of Manitou Avenue."[26]

Geography[edit]

The town is bordered by Mt. Manitou to the west, Red Mountain to the south, and Englemann Canyon, south and west. It is near Garden of the Gods, with the same red stone as Red Mountain,[27] and is at the base of Pikes Peak.[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2), all of it land.[28]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Manitou Springs, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(23)
76
(24)
81
(27)
87
(31)
94
(34)
100
(38)
100
(38)
99
(37)
94
(34)
86
(30)
78
(26)
77
(25)
100
(38)
Average high °F (°C) 43
(6)
45
(7)
52
(11)
60
(16)
69
(21)
79
(26)
85
(29)
82
(28)
75
(24)
63
(17)
51
(11)
42
(6)
62.2
(16.8)
Average low °F (°C) 18
(−8)
20
(−7)
26
(−3)
33
(1)
43
(6)
51
(11)
57
(14)
56
(13)
47
(8)
36
(2)
25
(−4)
18
(−8)
35.8
(2.1)
Record low °F (°C) −26
(−32)
−27
(−33)
−11
(−24)
−3
(−19)
21
(−6)
32
(0)
42
(6)
39
(4)
22
(−6)
5
(−15)
−8
(−22)
−24
(−31)
−27
(−33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.32
(8.1)
0.36
(9.1)
1.00
(25.4)
1.42
(36.1)
2.03
(51.6)
2.50
(63.5)
2.84
(72.1)
3.34
(84.8)
1.19
(30.2)
0.82
(20.8)
0.40
(10.2)
0.34
(8.6)
16.56
(420.6)
Source: Weather.com[29]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[30] of 2000, there were 4,980 people, 2,452 households, and 1,255 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,642.6 people per square mile (634.6/km²). There were 2,654 housing units at an average density of 875.4 per square mile (338.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.98% White, 0.50% African American, 1.06% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.65% of the population.

There were 2,452 households out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.8% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,514, and the median income for a family was $57,260. Males had a median income of $39,102 versus $24,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,492. About 4.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Commercial district[edit]

Manitou Avenue[edit]

Canon Street[edit]

Ruxton Avenue[edit]

Attractions and community events[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Attractions include:[31]

Mineral springs and parks[edit]

  • The Springsabouts Walking Tours, a tour of nine of the Manitou Mineral Springs sites offered by the Mineral Springs Foundation. People can also take their own tour of the springs by visiting The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau to pick up a free mineral springs brochure, content chart and a sampling cup.[40]
  • Parks, from east to west along Manitou Avenue, include Schryver Park, Memorial Park, Mansions Park, and Soda Springs Park. Fields Community Park is located on El Paso Boulevard. Seven Minute Gazebo is located behind Mansions and Memorial Parks.[41][42]
  • Manitou Incline, a former incline railway bed that rises over 2,000 feet above Manitou Springs is a popular hiking and fitness activity.

Events[edit]

Annual Events include:[43]

Inns and hotels[edit]

Matt Carpenter, 42, approaching the summit of Pikes Peak during the 2006 Pikes Peak Marathon. Carpenter reached the summit in 2:08:27 on his way to a 3:33:07 win in the Marathon.
A view overlooking the city from the foothills

Notable people[edit]

The most successful male athlete in the history of the Pikes Peak Marathon is Matt Carpenter, the outright record holder and winner of the marathon on eleven occasions.[58]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "City of Manitou Springs Web Site". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 17, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Manitou Springs city, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Welcome to Manitou Springs". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Manitou Springs". Colorado Tourism Office. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d National Register of Historic Places in El Paso County, Colorado. American Dreams. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Eric Peterson (January 29, 2009). Frommer's Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs. John Wiley & Sons. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-470-46523-3. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.gazette.com/articles/blaze-140753-fire-side.html
  12. ^ "City Council". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Manitou Springs Ward Map". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "City Council Meetings". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ "City Boards and Commissions". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Business Improvement District". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Restore Fountain Creek". Fountain Creek Restoration Project. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  18. ^ Historic Preservation Committee. City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  19. ^ "iManitou". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Metro Parking District". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Mineral Springs Foundation". Mineral Springs Foundation, Manitou Springs, Colorado. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Open Space Advisory Committee". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Park and Recreation Advisory Board". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Parking Authority Board". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Planning Commission". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Urban Renewal Authority Board". City of Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  27. ^ Manitou Springs Historic District Nomination Form. History Colorado. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  28. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Manitou Springs city, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  29. ^ "weather.com". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  30. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  31. ^ Historic Manitou Springs, Colorado - 2013 Visitors Guide. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development. 2013. pp. 19–24. 
  32. ^ "Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre". Colorado Tourism Office. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  33. ^ Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre. Pikes-peak.com Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  34. ^ Cliff Dwellings Museum
  35. ^ Manitou Springs Cliff Dwelling Museum. Retrieved May 14, 2013
  36. ^ a b c Janet Kolb. "Manitou Springs: Arts, history, entertainment founded on pure mineral water [July 21, 2002. Corrected 08/14/02]." Colorado Springs: The Gazette. 2002. HighBeam Research. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  37. ^ Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Manitou & Pike's Peak Cog Railway. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  38. ^ Manitou Springs Food Tours. Colorado Springs Food Tours. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  39. ^ Manitou Springs Heritage Center. Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  40. ^ Historic Manitou Springs, Colorado - 2013 Visitors Guide. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development. 2013. pp. 10–11, 40–41. 
  41. ^ Historic Manitou Springs, Colorado - 2013 Visitors Guide. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development. 2013. pp. 13, 40–41. 
  42. ^ Manitou Springs Park and Trails map. Manitou Springs Government. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  43. ^ Historic Manitou Springs, Colorado - 2013 Visitors Guide. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development. 2013. p. 13. 
  44. ^ Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss. Visit Colorado Springs. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  45. ^ a b c d Historic Speakers Series. Manitou Springs Heritage Center. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  46. ^ a b c Travis Duncan. "Calendar Benefits Library; Work of 17 local artists is showcased in '09 'Historic Manitou Springs' calendar." Colorado Springs: The Gazette. September 28, 2008. HighBeam Research. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  47. ^ 9Health Fair. 9Health Fair. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  48. ^ Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival. Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  49. ^ Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run. Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  50. ^ About. Clayfest. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  51. ^ Overview. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  52. ^ Good ol Sumertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest. Historic Manitou Springs. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  53. ^ Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. Summit Cycling Productions. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  54. ^ Buddy Walk. National Down Syndrome Society. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  55. ^ Craft Lager Festival. Colorado Springs Craft Beer Festival Inc. May 14, 2013.
  56. ^ Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  57. ^ Mountain Music Festival. Visit Colorado Springs. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  58. ^ Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon Age-Group and Course Records, Skyrunner.com

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