The paradise of the Colorado tourist is the little city of Manitou, five miles from Colorado Springs, at the foot of Pike's Peak, on a branch of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. There are more places of extraordinary interest to visit in the vicinity of Manitou than can be found contiguous to any other resort in the world. Here are the famous effervescent soda and iron springs, which in an early day gave the name of "Springs" to the town of Colorado Springs. It was here that the Indians brought their sick before the advent of the white man, naming the place "Manitou" after their Great Spirit. This is the starting point for many side trips of interest to the tourist, such as the Garden of the Gods, Williams Canon, Cave of the Winds, Cheyenne Canon, Seven Falls, Helen Hunt's grave, Crystal Park Auto Drive and the summit of Pike's Peak.
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