Recommended Reading List

Discover the fascinating history and pioneers of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, and dive into a few exceptional works on historic preservation.  Below are reading recommendations from the HPA Board of Directors we believe you will enjoy.  Please note that a few of these publications are rare and may be out of print, requiring a bit of fun detective work through your inner bibliophile!

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Reading Selections

Author(s) Title
Anderson, Helen M. Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity: A Personal Selection
Anderson, John Rankin Scott Kelly  El Paso County’s First Sheriff
Armstrong, Helen, Crabbs, Martha and Kelly, Robert A Walking Tour:  A Guide to Historic Old Colroado City
Bailey, Ralph Edgar Fight for Royal Gorge
Banning, Evelyn I. Helen Hunt Jackson
Black, Celeste Queen of Glen Eyrie Wife of General Palmer:  The Woman Who Inspired a Castle
Blevins, Tim (Editor) with Dennis Daily (Editor), Chris Nicholl (Editor), Calvin P. Otto (Editor), Katherine Scott Sturdevant (Editor) Legends, Labors and Loves of William Jackson Palmer
Cafky, Morris A. and Haney, John A. Pikes Peak Trolleys
Cardona, Betty Jo and Harrison, Deborah The Cliff House – Pikes Peak Hospitality
Cunningham, Shanon A. Manitou – Saratoga of the West
Daniels, Bettie Marie and McConnell, Daniels The Springs of Manitou
Esmiol, Kathleen F Everybody Welcome:  A Memoir of Fannie Mae Duncan and the Cotton Club,
Harrison, Deborah Images of America:  Manitou Springs
Harrison, Deborah Manitou Springs (Then and Now)
Holley, John Stokes The Invisible Peoople of the Pikes Peak Region
Howbert, Irving Memories of a Lifetime in the Pikes Peak Region
Jackson, Helen Hunt Ramona
Kaelin, Celinda R. and the Pikes Peak Historical Society American Indians of the Pikes Peak Region
Larson, H. Kay Brander Valley of the Fountain
Loevy, Robert D. North Nevada Avenue in the Old North End Blocks 1200-2100:  The Victorian Heart of the Old North End
Loevy, Robert D. Preserving a Historic Neighborhood:  The Story of the Old North End in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Loevy, Robert D. A Colorado College Reader:  Selected Writings on the History of Colorado College.
Lovell and Loevy, Robert Exploring the Old North End Neighborhood of Colorado Springs: A Guide to its History and Architecture
Luna, Richard Lee Forgotten Springs pf Manitou (rare and out of print)
Nichols, Chris (Editor with editors Tim Blevins, Michael L. Olsen, Dennis Daily, Sydne Dean (Regional History Series) Doctors, Disease and Dying in the Pikes Peak Region
Ormes, Manly Dayton and Ormes, Elenor Reddit The Book of Colorado Springs
Ormes, Robert Manly and more Guide to the Colorado Mountains
Peabody, George Foster William Jackson Palmer: Pathfinder and Builder
Pearring, John The Walking Tour: An Historical Guide to Manitou Springs
Pikes Peak Library District’s Regional History Series Film and Photography on the Front Range
Pikes Peak Library District’s Regional History Series Doctors Disease & Dying
Pikes Peak Library District’s Regional History Series City Beautiful Dream
Robinson, Charles Mulford A City Beautiful Dream: The 1912 Vision for Colorado Springs (Regional History Series)
Ruch, Marcella The Gang of One:  The Life of Vera Gang Scott
Ruhtenburg, Polly King & Smith, Dorothy E. Henry McAllister: Colorado Pioneer
Ruth, Joanne F. We Are Beth-El Nurses: A Heritage of Caring at the Foot of Pikes Peak
Sprague, Marshall Newport in the Rockies (Life and Good Times of Colorado Springs)
Swab, Eric From Utility to Attrraction:  A History o the Mt. Manitou Park and & Incline Railway
Swint, Sharon Remembering Colorado Springs
Waters, Frank Midas of the Rockies
Waters, Stephanie Ghosts of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak
Werner The Walls Talk: Historic House Museums of Colorado
Wilcox, Rhoda Davis The Man on the Iron Horse
Wilcox, Rhoda Davis The Bells of Manitou
Wood, Nancy Colorado:  Big Mountain Country (photography by Myron Wood)
Wood, Nancy The Little Wrangler (photography by Myron Wood)
Author(s) Title
Bollack, Francoise Old Buildings, New Forms,
Downing, Andrew Jackson The Architecture of Country Homes (1850)
Feireiss, L. and Klanten, R. Build-On: Converted Architecture and Transformed Buildings
Kaufman, Ned Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation,
Kyvig, David E. and Marty, Myron A. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You
Lowenthal, David The Past is a Foreign Country
Mackie, Mary Dry Rot and Daffodils: Behind the Scenes at a National Trust House
Mason, Randall and Page, Max Giving Preservation a History:  Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States
McAlester, Virginia Savage A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture,
Murtagh, William J. Keeping Time – The History and Theory of Preservation in America
National Trust for Historic Preservation All About Old Buildings:  The Whole Preservation Catalog
Rains, Albert, Henderson, Laurance G, and Foreword by Lady Bird Johnson With Heritage So Rich:  a Report of a Special Committee on Historic Preservation
Roddewig, Richard and White, Bradford Preparaing a Historic Preservation Plan
Schmickle, Bill The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation and “part two”: Preservation Politics: Keeping Historic Districts Vital
Speck, Jeff Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Wren, Tony P. and Mulloy, Elizabeth D. America’s Forgotten Architecture