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This small old town with its Indian flat-roof buildings, fountains with mineral water, small houses on the hills, and shops of antiques always attracted me. If I am in Colorado Springs, I will come at least for an hour to Manitou Springs to walk on its streets, watch people, eat in a restaurant, and drink bubbling water from small fountains.

Manitou Springs received its popularity for waters rising from the aquifers deep below the ground, that filled with minerals in high concentration, including the carbonic acid, which gives the water its’ bubbles. First ones who noticed the healing quality of the water were Indians that visited this valley for centuries. Major Stephen Long arrived in 1820, along with surgeon, Doctor Edwin James. It was Dr. James who wrote of the health benefits of the mineral waters. After that many rich people came to this place to heal their and their children health.

Manitou’s development quickly attracted wealthy tourists and long-staying guests. Manitou was laid out like a European spa town, affectionately referred to as Palmer’s “Little Switzerland” , with numerous public facilities and parks.

When tuberculosis was no longer a national health threat, the town became from health resort to just tourist attraction. Now tourists come to buy some souvenir, art work, Indian pottery, also walk among Victorian buildings or even to stay in a hotel of Victorian era.

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    Jun 25, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Hard work in this pages. The Miramont is, to my eyes, a piece of bourgeise snobism. (-;

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