The first Indian families settled in Colorado Springs in
the early seventies. Many worked as engineers and some worked as teachers.
The advent of high-tech companies created a surge in the Indian community.
and hundreds of Indian families moved in. While 'tech' companies were
largely responsible for the huge influx of the Indian families, the
community has its own contribution to other professions and businesses. Over
the years, these families have grown culturally and socially and evolved as
a major contributor to the social landscape of the Springs.
Socially too, the community stays in close touch through various occasions
like pujas, kirtans and culturally educational activities like Carnatic and
Hindustani music, Bharatnatyam and Kathak dance etc. Among the highlights of
our sojourn together, is the Diwali show which has been held annually for
more than twenty-five years.
|History of Colorado Springs
Its creation dates back tens of millions of years ago
when powerful geological forces molded this part of the earth into a range
of sky-scraping mountains and the beautiful Garden Of the Gods. The area
which today is known as Colorado Springs, a natural retreat located at the
base of Pikes Peak, was once thought to be an unconquerable alpine
wilderness, too rugged for comfortable living. However intimidating the
landscape, drew settlers from several Native American tribes, including the
Arapaho and Cheyenne. The land, rich with wild game and pure mineral
springs, made a good home - one in which they lived alone for several
In the first decade of the nineteenth century, intrepid explorers began to
push further west in search of land, fur and wealth. The most notable
expedition to the Colorado Springs area was undertaken in 1806, headed by a
young lieutenant in the United States Army, a man by the name of Zebulon
Pike. Upon sighting the immense mountain, Pike vowed to conquer it. His
small group was battered by a winter storm and eventually had to concede the
climb, but Pike was later honored for his ambitious quest by having his name
grace the beautiful peak.
The passing decades saw few settlers but a great deal of traffic as
prospectors flooded west into California, seeking their fortune in gold
nuggets. By 1859, a small town called Colorado City had formed to serve as a
midway point where supplies and mining equipment could be housed. It was
this developing industry that brought General William Jackson Palmer to
Palmer was scouting the land for a railway he was building when he passed
through Colorado City. The mild climate and breathtaking countryside vistas
of the area just outside the city held a special appeal for the Civil War
veteran and railroad magnate. He imagined creating a sprawling resort
community modeled after those he frequented along the East Coast. He was so
charmed that in 1871 he established himself in the community and began
planning the town that would be Colorado Springs.
In the years before the turn of the century, the new city
flourished as a western retreat for upscale travelers from New England. It
was during this time that Palmer constructed what was the first incarnation
of a Colorado Springs institution, the Antlers Hotel. The larger-than-life
frontier environment and warm lodge-like accommodations attracted luminaries
from the uppermost echelons of society. And Americans were not the only ones
enchantedso many British tourists frequented during the summer months, the
city was dubbed "Little London."
This bustling, yet peaceful, microcosm was shattered in 1891 when gold was
struck in the citys neighboring town of Cripple Creek. Colorado Springs
experienced a huge influx of people 'the population more than tripled' all
eager to claim their part of the riches. Many of these new residents found
their dreams realized and settled in Colorado Springs as gold-rush
One of these men, Spencer Penrose, used his fortune to leave a permanent
mark on the city. He funded the construction of several of Colorado Springs'
most enduring landmarks, including the Broadmoor, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. The city was young and wealthy, and
growing by leaps and bounds. These heady days continued for 25 years, until
the federal government began using silver for coin currency, and gold mining
became less profitable. Colorado Springs once again focused on the tourism
The city was no longer flush with money, but the next two
decades were comfortably prosperous for its residents. Tourists from the
world over continued to visit Pikes Peak and its mountain town, but another
change was on the horizon. America became embroiled in World War II, and the
country was in need of more military bases. Colorado Springs found itself
the new home for both Fort Carson Army Base and Peterson Air Force Base.
Even after the war was resolved, the military community grew with the
addition of the Air Force Academy and the North American Aerospace Defense
Command. Colorado Springs was again changing.
Today, the city boasts an impressive history as a gold-mining boom town, a
posh western resort and one of the nations major military capitals. Even
with such success, Colorado Springs continues to be a community on the
forefront of industry, as it has been throughout its existence. Technology
is now part of the diverse mix, and more people than ever are being drawn to
live by the mountains. Colorado Springs, the creation of a forward-thinking
businessman, embraces this enterprising philosophy and its history, but
strives on in search of new frontiers
Parts of information on this page taken from http://worldfacts.us/US-Colorado-Springs.htm