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Near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Well-traveled Water

 
 
Well-traveled Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. Well-traveled Water Marker
Inscription. Did you know that Colorado Springs is almost a desert? Deserts receive less than ten inches of rain per year. The average precipitation in Colorado Springs is only about 15 inches per year. Thatís pretty dry compared to Bostonís annual 44 inches! With little rainfall and no rivers or large natural lakes in the area, Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities must look to the Colorado mountains for water. Snow falls thickly during winter and spring providing a pristine water supply to front range cities.

To secure clean mountain water, Colorado springs began its development of water collection and storage on Pikeís Peak in 1891. As the regionís population grew, the city purchased water rights from resources deeper in the Colorado mountains. In 1935 the Crystal Dam was built, storing 1.1 billion gallons of Blue River water from the Breckenridge area. The water is pumped through more than 70 miles of pipe to get here. The reservoirs on Pikeís Peak are open to the public. Visitors and locals alike enjoy fishing and boating from early May to mid-October. Stop in at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop for more information.
 
Location. 38° 55.301′ N, 105° 1.549′ W. Marker is near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is on Pikes Peak Toll

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By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
2. Markers at Crystal Reservoir
Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at Crystal Reservoir Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Cascade CO 80809, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Test Your Bird I.Q. (here, next to this marker); The Making of America's Mountain (here, next to this marker); A Mountain of Many Names (here, next to this marker); Take a Closer Look...Foothills Life Zone (here, next to this marker); Take a Closer Look...Montane Life Zone (here, next to this marker); Take a Closer Look...Alpine/Subalpine Life Zone (here, next to this marker); Pick a Climate (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Americaís Mountain (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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