Downtown Colorado Springs boasts wide, tree-lined streets with historic mansions and turn of the century bungalows and cottages. As the city continues to grow, new mid-rise apartments are springing up which gives a modern contrast to historic building. Nightlife in Colorado Springs includes clubs, bars, restaurants, pubs, and breweries. Many of these great venues are located in historic buildings with beautiful architecture. Downtown Colorado Springs has a walk score of 71 and a bike score of 77 which means that, if you’re an avid walker or bike rider, downtown is perfect for you!
The town of Colorado Springs, was founded by General William Jackson Palmer as a resort town. Railroads brought tourists and visitors to the area from other parts of the United States and abroad. It was also known for mining exchanges and brokers for the Cripple Creek Gold Rush. The climate and mountain setting made it a popular tourist destination and health resort.
A dry climate supported resorts for people with weak lungs or tuberculosis, including the 19th and 20th century Colorado Springs sanatoria. Domestic and international travelers were drawn to the high altitude, sunshine, mineral waters, and dry climate. The town was described as "a veritable Eden for consumptive invalids". At the peak of its period as a health for tuberculosis treatment in Colorado Springs, there were 17 tuberculosis hospitals in the area.
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