Jun 04 2022
‘The Granite Attraction’ presented by Manitou Springs Heritage Center at Manitou Springs Heritage Center, Manitou Springs CO

'The Granite Attraction'

Presented by Manitou Springs Heritage Center at Manitou Springs Heritage Center

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum welcomes historian and author Eric Swab for a talk and presentation about his new book, 'The Granite Attraction, Stories of the Pikes Peak Highway and Summit.' Since 1873, the summit of Pikes Peak has served as a U. S. Army weather station, an attraction for visitors, innkeepers, skiers, hunters, and fishermen. Individuals and corporations have been motivated by the challenge of the mountain’s highway to get their horseless carriages, automobiles, race cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trains, basketballs, wheelbarrows, peanuts, and pianos to the top of the mountain.

The summit has also been the site of experiments in meteorology, aircraft engine design, and human physiology. Over the years, five structures have been built for this purpose. There have been several struggles for control including an attempt to homestead the summit. It has been the source of tall tales, stories of hardship, and of failure.

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Phone: (719) 685-1454

Email: ManitouHeritage@gmail.com

Dates & Times

2022/06/04 - 2022/06/04

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Manitou Springs Heritage Center

517 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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