“Old School” Manitou: Education from 1872-1957

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Now Open: See our high school’s championship trophies, its school banners and memorabilia from the past. Remember those Sadie Hawkins dances, rolled up t-shirt sleeves and bobby socks? Is the school mascot a Mustang or a Wild Cat? Green and gold are the colors of the day.

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Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway 1891-2016: 125 years on the Peak

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Manitou Springs Heritage Center 517 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs, CO 80829

This year, The Broadmoor’s Manitou and Pike’s Peak Cog Railway will celebrate 125 years of operation.

More information.

Van Briggle: The Manitou Connection

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Now open for your viewing pleasure during regular hours.

See one of the largest exhibits of Van Briggle pottery in the Pikes Peak region. Learn more about Artus and Anna Van Briggle’s creation of this iconic pottery works and the connection of its later ownership and operations to historic Manitou Springs. View dozens of beautifully designed pottery creations in our exhibit. The exhibit will be featured through August. For more information, contact the Manitou Springs Heritage Center 517 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829.

Fred Barr: Manitou Springs Entrepreneur

Fred BarrLocal historian and avid hiker Eric Swab has done extensive genealogical and historic research on Fred Barr and provides a glimpse of the person behind the iconic trail that bears his name. In addition, Barr also operated a number of tourist sightseeing endeavors (like the burro rides at the top of the Manitou Incline) and was one of the original “Frozen Five” members of the AdAmAn Club.

The exhibit features information and images of some of Barr’s businesses, vintage Barr Camp and AdAmAn photos and artifacts, and pictures of the man himself. The Heritage Center is very grateful to the Pearson Family, who are related to Barr and have loaned several never-before seen images to this exhibit.

Who is Barr Trail and Barr Camp named for and why? What else did that person do in our area? Find out the answers to these and other questions in the latest exhibit at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center will have the Fred Barr exhibit open during regular hours.

Historic Bridges of Manitou Springs

This newest exhibit at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will feature beautiful, modern images of the historic bridges found throughout Manitou Springs by Photographer Tim Plass, and historic images and information relating to the role these structures have played in building the City. Historic Bridges of Manitou Springs will also include information on the history of flooding in the area; providing an historic perspective on the 2013 floods that impacted the community.

Image by Tim Plasses

The Manitou Incline

From Utility to Attraction The Manitou Incline. An exhibit on the fascinating history of your favorite work-out location!

Manitou Spring Water Bottles

The Manitou Springs Photography Club held a real-time contest photographing some of our precious Manitou Spring Water Bottles. See the photos that were selected, and come on down to check out the rest of our collection. We have the largest Manitou Spring Water Bottle collection around dating from the late 1800s through the 1980s.

Photographer Brian Borrero.


“The mission of Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.”

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