Books: A Reading Guide to Colorado Springs History

    Want to read up on Colorado Springs history? Start with these five books to learn—or relearn—our fascinating story.

    Colorado Springs history books

    In the Shadow of Pikes Peak: An Illustrated History of Colorado Springs

    In the Shadow of Pikes Peakby Mark L. Gardner, 1999

    This all-ages read tells the tale of peoples who inhabited this region centuries before fortune drove pioneers West in the 1890s. You’ll find a regional backstory and images as artifacts that enrich our understanding of the local historical landscape.

    Life in the Altitudes: An Illustrated History of Colorado Springs

    Life in the Altitudes: An Illustrated History of Colorado Springsby Nancy E. Loe, 1983

    Another visually-rich narrative, telling the story of how Pikes Peak became a signpost for people heading West centuries before Zebulon Pike’s expedition in 1806.

     

    Pikes Peak Partnership: The Penroses and the Tutts

    Pikes Peak Partnership: The Penroses and the Tuttsby Thomas J. Noel and Cathleen M. Norman, 2000

    A century after France and Spain laid competing claims to this region in 1763, two entrepreneurial friends from Philadelphia began transforming the area into a bustling tourist mecca. By building the Pikes Peak Highway, the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt became two of the area’s most successful businessmen and philanthropists. A must-read for fans of local lore.

    One Hundred Plus: A Centennial Story of Colorado Springs

    One Hundred Plus: A Centennial Story of Colorado Springsby Marshall Sprague, 1971

    Marshall Sprague is well known as one of the region’s most prolific historians, and his Newport in the Rockies is an acclaimed work in the local historical canon. The lesser-known One Hundred Plus was published for the city’s centennial and offers a concise regional history from the 1890s to the 1970s.

    Bigwigs and Benefactors of the Pikes Peak Region

    Bigwigs and Benefactors of the Pikes Peak Regionedited by Heather Jordan, Tim Blevins, Dennis Daily, Sydne Dean, Chris Nicholl and Michael Olson, 2017

    This book provides biographical accounts of the movers and shakers who shaped the Front Range. Essential reading for those wishing to know the figures behind the Springs’ major philanthropic legacies.


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