Knob Hill, Colorado

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Knob Hill, is a neighborhood of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado,[1] is located northeast of downtown Colorado Springs.[2]Coordinates: 38°50′24″N 104°46′58″W / 38.8399938°N 104.7827520°W / 38.8399938; -104.7827520


Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind[edit]

Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Francis Hospital, and the National Deaconess Sanitarium, 1909

The Colorado Institute of the Education of the Mutes (now Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind) was founded by Jonathan R. Kennedy and opened in April 8, 1874. The school began with a Territorial appropriation of $5,000. It first operated in a rented house with seven students. Kennedy, who had worked at the Kansas State School for the Deaf, was the director of the school. He and his wife had children who attended the school.[3][4] William Jackson Palmer donated land to build a permanent school on Knob Hill, 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Colorado Springs.[3][4] In 2014, there are 500 students across the state.[4]

Union Printers Home[edit]

The Childs-Drexel Home for Union Printers was dedicated on May 12, 1892.[5] It was run by the International Typographical Union to take care of ill and elderly patients.[6] The home was bought by Heart Living Centers in 2014.[7]

Tesla Experimental Station[edit]

The inventor Nikola Tesla's wireless power experimental station was located on Knob Hill at a site near the current Kiowa and Foote Streets, between the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind and the Union Printers' Home.[8] It was built and operated in 1899 and was torn down in 1904.[9] A street car came to Knob Hill, at that time at the edge of the prairie.[10]

St. Francis Hospital[edit]

The St. Francis Hospital was built on Institute Heights at the east end of Pike's Peak Avenue, near the Knob Hill street car line.


The Pikes Peak Gun Club was on Knob Hill near the city limits.

The Knob Hill Auction Company held monthly auctions on the hill to sell horses.[11] Livestock was sold weekly on Knob Hill, where there was also a nearby cafe.[12]


In 1950, 3,612 people lived in Knob Hill.[13] On June 14 of that year, Knob Hill was annexed into Colorado Springs and became the Knob Hill neighborhood.[14]


  1. ^ "Knob Hill, El Paso County, Colorado". Geological Names Information System, US Geological Survey. October 13, 1978. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Springs Neighborhood" (PDF). City of Colorado Springs. August 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Tom Sherlock (April 12, 2013). Colorado's Healthcare Heritage. iUniverse. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-4759-8026-4. 
  4. ^ a b c "140th Birthday of CSDB". Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Childs-Drexel Home" (CDNC collection: image and transcript). Los Angeles Herald. May 13, 1892. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ The Typographical Journal. International Typographical Union. 1910. p. 156. 
  7. ^ "New owners plan to keep status quo; Few changes for Union Printers Home" (PDF). The Gazette. September 24, 2014. p. E 3:1. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ W. Bernard Carlson (May 7, 2013). Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. Princeton University Press. pp. 266–267. ISBN 1-4008-4655-2. 
  9. ^ Eric Peterson (2008). Ramble Colorado: The Wanderer's Guide to the Offbeat, Overlooked, and Outrageous. Fulcrum Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-933108-19-3. 
  10. ^ W. Bernard Carlson (May 7, 2013). Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. Princeton University Press. p. 268. ISBN 1-4008-4655-2. 
  11. ^ Bob Knox (January 2002). Growing Up to Cowboy: A Memoir of the American West. Sunstone Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-86534-353-5. 
  12. ^ Bob Knox (January 2002). Growing Up to Cowboy: A Memoir of the American West. Sunstone Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-86534-353-5. 
  13. ^ United States. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population: 1950: Number of inhabitants. U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 6:18. 
  14. ^ Kathy Hayward (1 November 2009). Drinking and Driving in Colorado: A Guide to Colorado's Brewpubs. Inner Source Designs. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-9822571-1-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kathleen Murphy Beatty; Phillippa Ormond Kassover; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1983). The Knob Hill Neighborhood Survey. University of Colorado. 
  • Colorado Springs (Colo.). Community Development Department; Colorado Springs (Colo.). City Planning Department (1984). Knob Hill: Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan. The Department. 

External links[edit]

External image
Image of map of Colorado Springs, 1906, Knob Hill is north of Prospect Lake