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Manitou Springs Mineral Springs Walking Tour

Created by Joan Stang on April 8th 2021, 5:51:18 pm.

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Manitou Springs Mineral Springs Foundation Walking Tour of 8 historic sparkling mineral springs created from deep-seated waters rising through the Rampart Range and Ute Pass faults to mix with the surface waters of the Williams Canyon and Fountain Creek watershed basins. Manitou Springs is more than just a quaint resort town and suburb a few miles west of Colorado Springs – it’s where “The Springs” got its name. The Native American tribes who inhabited this area for centuries believed that the mineral waters of Manitou Springs had medicinal effects, and that belief was passed onto the first European residents of the Pikes Peak region. The rich history of Manitou Springs’ water continues long after the first settlers arrived. City founder General William Jackson Palmer fulfilled his dreams of building a small resort town to take advantage of the healing waters. Soon Manitou became a hub for those who looking to recover from tuberculosis and other ailments. Businessmen such as Jerome B. Wheeler took advantage of the delicious waters and started the Manitou Mineral Water Company to share the taste with those as far away as New York.