Monday, January 17, 2011

Good Roads lead to Fountain

This 6-page article was copied from the files of the Pioneer Museum.  It lacks an author or date.  It was typewritten, and then someone edited the story with a pencil, adding two pages of rewrites that are too faint or illegible to read.  I have chosen to transcribe the originally typed material only.  It appears to be a booster article, written to attract settlers, sometime in the late 1930s.  Editor’s comments in [brackets].

The town of Fountain, El Paso County, Colorado, is the first settlement on the Fountaine qui Boille (river that boils), a stream rising in the foot hills of Pikes Peak, flowing down Ute Pass and through the Fountain Valley to empty into the Arkansas River at Pueblo, thirty miles south of Fountain.  In the town limits there is a population of 600 but this is swelled by the thickly settled neighboring land to about twice that number of registered voters.  Down the valley 12 miles from Colorado Springs, the altitude is 500 feet lower that the famous resort, being 5500 feet. 

The Rio Grande laid its tracks thru the town in 1872, the workers boarding at the home of McGee on the land now known as the Potter place.  The Santa Fe built in 1887 on these tracks, these two systems, the Colorado Southern and the Missouri Pacific operate their transcontinental trains.  The Greyhound transcontinental busses and state busses from Denver to Trinidad also pass through the town on US Highway 85, giving transportation facilities equal to those of its neighboring cities to the north and south. The nearest airport is at Colorado Springs but an emergency landing is located just west of town which can be used by private planes when necessary.