Manitou Springs Heritage Center

September 27, 2012
Manitou Springs Heritage Center
517 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

About the Manitou Springs Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is run by the Non-Profit Organization “Historic Manitou Springs, Inc.” whose mission is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.  This organization is 100% volunteer-staffed by local historians who love Manitou Springs and relies upon visitor donations, artifact donations, and fundraiser events.

Visit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center’s website to learn more!

Donate to CPI

We hope you will extend your appreciation for Colorado's past into an investment in its future by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Featured Project

4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

Join our Email List