Newport in The Rockies
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Life and good times of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs has long needed its biographer and has found the perfect one in Marshall Sprague. Obviously in love with the place, Sprague can laugh and cry, poke fun or hand out pretty bouquets, to that rare breed of people who inhabited the land below Pikes Peak and made it into the largest of America’s spas. Surely the most outrageous and colorful collection of people made the city thrive where, perhaps, it shouldn’t. General Palmer started the Fountain Colony on money borrowed from two Mexican land grants, and on a rose-colored mist of first love. Palmer hoped to create a fine bower worthy of his Queen; but, one of the fully developed great stories of NEwort in the Rockies, by the time the great bower had been created, Queen had escaped. Then followed so many who left their imprints – the English-men who made Colorado Springs “Little London,” the Philadelphians from Palmer’s Civil War command, the Bostonians who gave direction to Colorado College – and so many more. The individual stories – of Palmer, Count Pourtales, Winfield Scott Stratton, Spencer Penrose – come alive as the city lives in these ages. They and so many others made Colorado Springs like no other place on earth, and certainly the more interesting. if not ht better, for it. Incorporated in the book are more than one hundred forty pictures! Many of these are extremely rare nearly half of them appearing here for the first time. They are so arranged, with stories connected to their descriptions, that the reader can sense the whole story of Colorado Springs by leafing through the picture sections. Further, the basic narrative us accompanied by some of the most interesting sidelights ever incorporated in a book – in the form of pages and pages of storied notes. A Bibliography and a most complete index serve the reader. Marshall Sprague was born in Ohio and is a graduate of Lawrenceville School and Princeton University. He is married to Edna Jane Ailes and they have three children. After serving as a reporter in New York Briefly, Sprague served a year on the North Chine Star of Tientsin and upon the Paris edition of the New York Herald-Tribune. Since 1936 he has been a feature writer for the New York Times. He came to Colorado Springs to recover from tuberculosis in 1941.