April 21, 2011
The city of Colorado Springs is located in central Colorado. It lies at the base of the
mountain called Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is also known as America’s mountain. Colorado Springs
is an overall safe and very family friendly city. In 2010 Colorado Springs was voted the best city
for families. Colorado Springs is not only beautiful but it is also filled with activities and
entertainment for all age groups.
The mountain, Pikes Peak, was what really attracted the original settlers. Pikes Peak was
discovered by an explorer by the name of Zebulon Pike. When pike first saw the majestic
mountain he exclaimed, “The summit of the Grand Peak? Covered with snow now appeared at a
distance of 15 to 16 miles from us, and as high again as what we had ascended? I believe no
human being could have ascended to its pinical” (Zebulon Pike). The mountain attracted the
settlers and the land beneath it (Colorado Springs) was a real cultural cross road. Most of the
original settlers were gold miners hoping to strike it rich in the west. However a great majority of
these miners were unsuccessful. When the miners realized that there was not much gold to be
found in this area they changed their professions to farmers. The main crops of the Colorado
Springs region were wheat, corn, oats, barley, and potatoes. The settlers of this region took full
advantage of the area and raised livestock where crops could not be grown. Timber was also a
large crop of this region. Lumber mills started appearing everywhere and the vast amount of
trees started being harvested. Colorado Springs was founded on July 31, 1871.
Now, Colorado Springs is a very large city with over 418,076 people living there in 2010,
which makes it the 47th largest city in the nation. The main jobs in the springs are homeland
security, defense, aerospace engineering, medical device engineering, and sports management.
There are many sources of entertainment in Colorado Springs. The main sources of
entertainment are Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, United States Air Force Academy, United
States Olympic Headquarters and Training Center, Sky Sox minor league baseball, and the Pro
Rodeo Hall of Fame, and United States Air Force Academy football. Garden of the Gods is a
national landmark which contains very large and beautiful red sandstone formations. All of these
sources of entertainment are fun for people of all ages and they make a great selling point for this
I chose to do my research on the city of Colorado Springs because I have lived there for
five years and loved it. The area is so nice and peaceful. There are many job opportunities in the
springs so there would never be a real struggle to find work. The people there are very friendly
and helpful. Even though it is a large city, it is filled with many small communities that give it
the feel of having connections like you would if you were in a small town. Colorado Springs
would be the ideal place for anyone to live.
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