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Colorado Springs attractions mark big anniversaries in 2011

Summer’s coming – visit these vacation spot icons as they celebrate BIG anniversaries this year!Pikes Peak Cog Railway – 120 yearsThe Cog Railway, the highest cog in the world, was built in 1891 by mattress tycoon Zalmon Simmons, a visitor to the region in the late 1880s. He envisioned a better way than a two-day mule ride to get to the top of Pikes Peak. Spencer Penrose, owner of the world-renowned Broadmoor Hotel, acquired and upgraded the cog in 1925. While the style of the rail car has changed several times over the years, the amazing experience remains the same for travelers bound for the summit of Pikes Peak. http://CogRailway.comColorado Springs Fine Arts Center – 75 yearsThe Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center opened April 20, 1936 during the Great Depression. The FAC is home to world-class art galleries, Broadway-worthy live theatre and an art school for all ages. The FAC carries the legacy of Colorado’s arts and cultural heritage. The FAC’s building is considered an architectural landmark in the Rocky Mountain region and is listed on the National Register for Historical Places. Throughout 2011, the FAC will celebrate 75 years of history with a series of events. Cave of the Winds – 130 yearsCave of the Winds is celebrating 130 continuous years as a public attraction (1881-2011).Over the years, visitors have toured the subterranean passages exquisitely decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and helictites. Cave of the Winds is an irreplaceable natural resource of scenic, scientific, educational and historic importance. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is featuring a free exhibit of historical photographs, artifacts and memorabilia of the Cave in 2011. http://CaveOfTheWinds.comThe Golden Bee – 50 yearsIn 1961, The Golden Bee originally came to The Broadmoor as a collection of panels and fixtures from a 19th-century pub shipped from England and reassembled in Colorado Springs. While it has stayed true to its authentic English pub heritage, “The Bee” has established several traditions of its own: flying bee stickers, yards of ale and a sing-along piano. “The Bee” will mark its 50th anniversary May 27. A partnership with Bristol Brewery will produce a special-release Golden Bee 50th Anniversary Ale at the May 27 celebration. After May, the new brew will be available at all Broadmoor outlets for 2011. celebrates, tooEl Paso County – 150 yearsEl Paso County celebrates its sesquicentennial this year. The county has some of the most interesting parks in the region, including Interpretive Paint Mines Park with mushroom-like rock formations called “hoodoos” and Bear Creek Dog Park, frequented by many two- and four-legged visitors. Fountain Creek and Bear Creek Nature Centers serve as the interactive gateways to Bear Creek Park and Fountain Creek Park, offering various activities and events for visitors of all ages.

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