One of the most charming and beloved sections of Colorado Springs, Colorado real estate is the old territorial county seat of El Paso County: Old Colorado City. With coveted access to Pikes Peak and the Manitou Springs CO real estate to the west along with regenerating neighborhoods and community events, Old Colorado City offers newer homes in the village-planned Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood and The Gables as well as some of the most historic homes in Colorado Springs.
Old Colorado City is the place to look if you enjoy a sense of camaraderie. Tourists and residents mingle in the unique stores along West Colorado Avenue. There are antique and collectible shops, boutiques, galleries, jewelry stores, and an interesting mix of specialty shops to explore. Restaurants, fine dining, and food stores, services and accommodations such as bed and breakfast inns give personality and character to the city within the Colorado Springs real estate area.
During wonderful community events, good ole hometown fun twinkles up and down the Avenue. Families tote their tiniest kids and let the others roam freely during the Easter Egg Hunt, Farmers Markets, Scarecrow Days, and the Good Times Car Show. People on weekend getaway trips stroll along Art on the Avenue and Taste of Old Colorado City. Kids also enjoy climbing walls, trampoline-type experiences, and fun rides and young adults are out for the street dancing and concerts.
The largest event is the gloriously popular Territory Days presented since 1976 by Merchant Association commemorating the town as the first capitol of the Colorado Territory in 1861. The three-day street festival now hosts over 180 craft, commercial and food booths and welcomes between 80,000 and 140,000 guests over Memorial Day Weekend.
With the New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Pike’s Peak Greenway, and the Fountain Creek Trail easily accessible to residents and visitors, plenty of people are out hiking, riding bikes, and running along pushing modern baby strollers. Equestrian facilities at Norris-Penrose Event Center and trails through nearby state parks and wilderness could make a rancher out of the best of city slickers. Right in the city, a couple of peaceful parks serve as immediate picnic grounds.
Families are served by the Colorado Springs School District 11 at Coronado High School, West Middle School, and Midland International Elementary School, one of only 275 International Baccalaureate Schools in the world. The District promotes parental involvement and volunteerism.
What used to happen in town over a hundred years ago? When gold was found during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, this was a major hub for sending mining supplies to South Park. As commerce rerouted itself because of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad further north, the territorial capital moved to the City of Golden west of Denver and the area became more agricultural. Thirty years later, because of labor strikes and the need to support more gold discoveries, the city (formerly called Colorado City) processed much of the gold ore at the Golden Cycle Mill.
In 1982, it was designated a National Historic District and restoration efforts began. Fine old brick structures, narrow alleys, and a top-notch History Center bring the memories all back home. A detailed collection of artifacts and photographs; written, oral, and electronic history—thanks to a model research center—offer a modern day revival of the old days.