Railyard cam for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The cog rail trains ascend Pikes Peak near Manitou Springs, Colorado, taking visitors to the top of the 14,110 foot mountain.
The City of Manitou Springs is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,980 at the 2000 census. Mineral springs: Manitou Springs derives its name from two dozen mineral springs situated throughout the area, many of which have spigots that locals and tourists alike may drink from. The minerals present at each location change the flavor of the local water. In the early 1900's, the town became known as a health destination for people suffering from tuberculosis. The clean mountain air and mineral springs waters were part of a healthy retreat for people arriving by rail from across the country. In the 1970s, Woodland Park, 19 miles up Ute Pass, built a sewage treatment plant on top of the fault line that forms the Pass. As a result, many of the springs were made undrinkable during the bulk of the 1980s, but this has since largely been corrected. Since the recent 2008 construction, Manitou has new springs to offer. Geography: Manitou ... Read more about Manitou Springs on Wikipedia