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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Woodland Park in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

From Carriages to Corvettes

Glen Cove Lodge

From Carriages to Corvettes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. From Carriages to Corvettes Marker
Inscription.  Sightseers have been riding the spectacular road up Pikes Peak since 1889. Back then, early risers chugged up the pass on the Colorado Midland train to Cascade. There, horse drawn carriages awaited eager passengers. According to Francis Heizer, “The tourists would make a grand rush to obtain seats, occasionally people would sit in carriages all night to hold their seats.” Horses were replaced by hardy mules three miles below the summit.

After the Cog Railway opened in 1891, the road fell into disuse. Then in 1915 Spencer Penrose backed C.E. Noble’s plan to build a Pikes Peak Automobile Highway. Above the ninth mile, workmen had to rest half the time due to the high altitude. Construction costs skyrocketed to over $250,000.

The Pikes Peak Auto Highway Company operated the road until 1935 when it reverted back to the U.S. Forest Service. The road was open as a free state highway until 1948. From then until the present, the City of Colorado Springs has operated the road under a special use permit from the United States Forest Service.

Today over 300,000 people a year enjoy the scenic road up America’s famous mountain. Picture

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captions: In 1920, these sightseers enjoy the view just above Glen Cove. Photo courtesy Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum. See here near Devil’s Playground circa 1925, the Locomobile was used to maintain the highway. Photo courtesy Ute Pass historical Society. These tourists dressed for an open-air ride, pause for a photo in July of 1926 at Glen Cove. Photo courtesy Ute pass Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1926.
Location. 38° 52.534′ N, 105° 4.384′ W. Marker is near Woodland Park, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker can be reached from Pike's Peak Toll Road. Marker located at the Glen Cove Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodland Park CO 80863, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Race to the Clouds (here, next to this marker); Amazing Pikes Peak Feats (here, next to this marker); Don’t kill them with kindness (here, next to this marker); Black (and sometimes brown) Bear (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tricky Affairs (approx. 1.9 miles away); Elk Country (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Look From The Top (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pike's Peak (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodland Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 8, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 30, 2023