In 1859, scores of people rushed to Colorado in search of gold, during what was called "Pikes Peak or Bust" gold rush. It brought scores of pioneers to the region, and today, a study of this culture and what went on during that time is found at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, an interesting contrast to today's lifestyle in your Colorado Springs apartment. Featuring photographs, historic artifacts, documents and the real life stories of the men, women, and children who traveled to this area and Pikes Peak, you can learn about the people who "busted" their way to look for gold.
The museum is located downtown at the beautifully restored El Paso county courthouse, built in 1903. Centered in between two of the city's green parks, it has a lush surroundings during the "green seasons" with seasonal flowers and a beautiful lawn, outdoor sculptures and a beautiful granite water fountain. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region.
Both permanent and traveling exhibits are on display at the museum, featuring the history of the area in the long-term collection, and topics of wide interest in the changing exhibitions. Western art, antique quilts, Indian culture, and space exploration have ventured through the museum doors in recent years. Other fun topics to tour through have been motorcycles, juke boxes and baseball memorabilia. Call the Pioneers Museum to see what's on exhibit now.
Over 40,000 items are on display, from quilts and pottery to one of the finest regional art collections in the state of Colorado. Local artist Eric Bransby beautifully illustrated the story of the Pikes Peak Region from the first humans in the area to the building of the Air Force Academy on murals inside the building. An archives and research library, the Starsmore Center for Local History, is housed in the museum and provides city directories from the 1870's and many old diaries, scrapbooks, and photo albums for the public to use for genealogical and historical research.
In case you've only lived in your Colorado Springs apartment for a short while and are new to the area, you live in quite a popular place. Pike's Peak, that beautiful tall mountain you can see while traveling up or down Interstate 25, is a draw to many. More than six million people from around the world visit the Pikes Peak area each year and over 500,000 make a driving, climbing or hiking trip up to the Peak. To see the many people who have lived in this region at the Pioneers Museum is a draw to many.
The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free.