Miramont House

1 08 2008

Today we planned to go up to Colorado Springs to ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The railway takes you to the summit of Pikes Peak. We got up at 8am (very early for us!!!) to travel to Colorado Springs to take this train.

At an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. According to several people and websites consulted you can see for about 100 miles in all directions on a clear day.

An interesting tidbit about Pikes Peak that should appeal to Melody…

We owe the inspiration for the lyrics of the beloved song, “America the Beautiful ” to the stunning vistas from the summit of Pikes Peak. It was the summer of 1893, and Katharine Lee Bates, a professor of English at Wellesley College, was in Colorado Springs to teach a summer session at Colorado College. On July 22, Katharine, along with several others of the visiting faculty, took a trip in a carriage to the summit of Pikes Peak. Horses got them to the halfway point, and, as was customary, a team of mules finished the climb to the 14,110 foot summit. Because altitude sickness affected of one of the party, they only stayed on the summit a half hour, but the brief experience was enough inspire a poem.

Unfortunately when we arrived at the rail station the 10:40am trip was full, and so was the noon trip. Confused about why the train was so packed on a Thursday we realized that some people actually take vacations this time of year…so…defeated we left. On the way out we discovered the Miramont Castle… below there are a few pictures of this historic building. It looked so neat from the outside that we decided to check it out. It was only 6 bucks so we bought tickets and went along our way…

This is a picture of Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, CO

This is a picture of Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, CO

This castle built in the late 1800’s uses 9 different architectural styles. You can read more about it at Miramont.org . There are also several pictures of the interior all done in the Vicotrian style.

The Castle is built into the side of the mountain, with the front entrance on the first floor and the back entrance on the fourth floor.

The Castle is built into the side of the mountain, with the front entrance on the first floor and the back entrance on the fourth floor.

Although the interior of the house was not as thrilling as we’d hoped, and we were surrounded by a large group of children from the YMCA taking a tour. The interior of the house was pretty interesting…especially the fact that there were water fountains everywhere around the house, apparently to raise humidity levels and protect the antique furniture. Here are a few pictures taken after we left the castle and were walking around the garden.

This is Webb expressing his feelings about spending 6 dollars

This is Webb expressing his feelings about spending 6 dollars

I also expressed my feelings about the six dollar cover charge

I also expressed my feelings about the 6 dollar cover charge

However, all in all it was a bizarre and interesting experience… Next time though, we’re taking the train!!!

Advertisements

Actions

Information

One response

2 08 2008
Melody

Yessss, Katharine Lee Bates!! She is a Wellesley celebrity. At commencement, “American the Beautiful” is always sung, except it is always sung with the lyrics, “…and crown thy good with SISTERHOOD from sea to shining sea!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: