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Colorado Springs, Co. was also known as Little London in its early days. The city was founded by Gen. William J. Palmer in 1872. A Civil War hero and railroad magnate, Palmer influenced much of the state's settlement, but Colorado Springs was his home. It had plenty of "civilized" attractions – opera houses, fine hotels and restaurants.

The city sits at the foot of one of America's most famous landmarks, Pikes Peak, upon whose summit Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful. Tourists still converge on the peak, where they can drive, ride a cog railway or even hike to its 14,000-foot summit.

One of the nation's most fabulous city parks, Garden of the Gods, is nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak. The stunning red rock formations draw tourists with cameras in tow to capture a perfect shot of the rocks framing the snow-capped peak.

Map: Colorado Springs

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: El Paso

Proximity to other towns: Located 70.2 miles from Denver, 6.1 miles from Manitou Springs, 10.3 miles from Cascade, 14.2 miles from Fountain, 20.4 miles from Monument

Population: 372,890

Elevation: 6008 feet

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