Historic House Museums and Sites

Historic House Museums and Sites

Historic House Museums and Sites

Below is a list of recommended historic house museums and sites in and around Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

Glen Eyrie

General William Jackson Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs, built this estate just north of the Garden of the Gods. The Navigators, a religious organization, operates the peoperty as a retreat and conference center. Teas and tours are available. The main house and grounds are spectacular and the grounds are a good place for hiking Tours daily.Additional information can be found online at www.GleneEyrie.org.

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Spencer Penrose, who also built The Broadmoor Hotel, had this monument built (as a tribute to himself), later dedicating it to his friend Will Rogers afters his death in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. Fabulous photographs of historic figures line the walls of the shrine. Access is free with paid admission to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Additional information can be found at www.CMZoo.org

RockLedge Ranch Historic Site

This living history farm and museum is located at the ease entrance to the Garden of the Gods, just off N. 30th St. RockLedge Ranch depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods and in four different households: American Indian life in 1775, the 1860s Galloway Homestead cabin, an 1880s farm (Chambers Home and Ranch), and the 1907 Edwardian Country Estate designed by local Colorado Springs Architect Thomas MacLaren for relatives of General W.J. Palmer, William and Charlotte Sclater . Each residence (teepee, log cabin, farm house, mansion) reflects the construction and contents of homes of those periods. Additional information is available at www.RockLedgeRanch.com

Henry McAllister House

Teas and tours are available. One of the earliest surviving houses in Colorado Springs, this English Gothic-style home was built in 1873 for Major Henry McAllister and his wife Elizabeth. Major McAllister worked for General  W.J. Palmer, with whom he had fought alongside during the Civil War. Located at 423 N. Cascade Ave. The museum can be contacted at 719-635-7925. Additional information can also be found at www.McAllisterHouse.org.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Located in the Thomas MacLaren designed 1903 El Paso County Courthouse at 215 S. Tejon St. The museum offers exhibits on the history of Colorado Springs, lectures and other programs. More information can be found on the CSPM website.

Old Colorado City Historical Society

Housed in an historic former church building at 1 S. 24th St., the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) is dedicated to the preservation and education of Colorado City and El Paso County history. The Historical Society offers exhibits, events and lectures. OCCHS can be contacted at 719-636-1225 or by visiting their website at www.OCCHS.org.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

This museum brings the history of mining and life during the “Gold Rush” days in Colorado to life through interactive exhibits and educational events. Located just off of the North Gate Boulevard Exit ff of 1-25 (Exit 156B) at 225 N. Gate Blvd. Additional information can be found at www.wmmi.org.

Peterson Air and Space Museum at Peterson Air Force Base

Learn about the aviation and space history of Colorado Springs. This museum features memorabilia from World War II. Aircraft and missiles are on display at its Air Park (16 aircraft and 10 missiles). Additional information can be fount at www.PeteMuseum.org.

Pikes Peak Trolley Museum

The Pikes Peak Trolley Museum offers tours of a restored trolley, the opportunity to view ongoing trolley restoration as well as exhibits and events centering around the history of trolley transportation in Colorado Springs. The museum is located in the former Rock Island Railroad Roundhouse at 2333 Steel Dr. The museum can be contacted at 719-475-9508.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

art exhibits, theater, special events, education, film, lectures, workshops and Café in an historic art deco museum. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center boasts one of the finest collections of Southwest Native American and Hispanic art collections in Colorado. Additional information can be found at www.csfineartscenter.org.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum

Located at 818 N. Cascade Ave. this museum offers displays and exhibits showcasing the history of currency. Additional information can be found at www.money.org.

Manitou Springs Heritage Center

This museum offers exhibits, events and walking tours centered around the preservation of Manitou Springs history and culture. Additional information can be found at www.manitouspringsheritagecenter.org.

Miramount Castle

The castle was built in 1895 as a private home by a French Catholic priest, Jean Baptiste Francolon. Located at 9 Capitol Hill Avenue just off of Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs. 719-685-1011

Southwest of Colorado Springs

•  May Natural History Museum. Nine miles southwest of Colorado Springs and one mile west of Highway 115, this museum has a collection of 100,000 invertebrates, 8,000 of which are shown at one time. Children love this museum. The museum can be contacted at 719-576-0450 or 800- 666-3841. More information can also be found on their website at www.maymuseum-camp-rvpark.com

North of Monument in Sedalia, CO

  •  Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia, CO. A Scottish-style castle located on 3,000 acres of open space, where one can see cattle and wildlife; teas, tours and other events are scheduled throughout the year.  A must see. The ranch can be contacted at (303) 688-4600 or visit their website at www.cherokeeranch.org for more information.


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