This was not our first visit to Manitou Spring, and it certain wouldn’t  be our last, BUT I will have to say it was definitely our most interesting visit yet.  Manitou has been infamous for it’s “healing waters” for MANY years…

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What I bet you didn’t know is that it is also famous for the Annual Emma Crawford’s coffin race.  Every October, the folks of this small mountain town in Colorado, tune up their coffin-mobiles, and dust off their costumes, to get ready for this epic event.  The event that honors Emma Crawford.  An unfortunate soul, who had suffered from tuberculosis since the age of seven.  At 17 she, along with her mother and sister moved from Boston to Manitou Springs(sometime in 1889).  She was one of the many “Lungers”(that was the term for people who had TB) who came for its famous healing waters.   During her short time in Manitou, she developed a deep love for Red Mountain.  When she felt well enough she would take walks on Red Mountain, and during the sick times, she would stare at “her” mountain and find peace.  Reluctantly, she agreed to marry Wilhelm, her close friend and suitor.  Under the conditions that if she die, he was to  bury her atop Red Mountain.   In early December of 1891, just weeks before she was to marry, Emma took her good health as a sign, and decided hiked to the top of Red Mountain.  It was here she claimed to be visited by the spirit of Red Chief.  Amazed she returned home to tell of her experience, only to succumb to her illness.  On December 4th 1891, at the young age of 19, she died in her mothers arms.  Wilhelm(along with 11 other men) keeping his promise to his young love, hauled her body, and coffin, 7200 feet to the top of Red Mountain where she was buried.  Years passed, snows came and went, and the ground around Emma softened, until in 1929 she washed off the mountain. She is said to have washed right down the main street.  For years sightings of a ghostly specter have been reported, and people say Emma still walks her beloved Red Mountain.  Wherever she may be, she has to get a kick out of this celebration created in her honor.

Here’s to you Emma Crawford!

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Who doesn’t want a “womb with a view”         Jodi almost got away with this sweet buggy.

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Gonna bee my Honeybee…        Who ya gonna call?               Love this guys costume.

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Give this little Hobo enough booze and he will do flips for you!

IMG_1251  To quote the late great Colonel Saunders, “I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.”  RB.

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Lucky for this Lady Viking, there where plenty of gentlemen around town.

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These guys brought the kids out.  I love a father that really spends time with his kids.

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BRING OUT YOUR DEAD!

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The COOLEST couple in town, I wonder if they know Emma?   We felt a bit underdressed, but who’s noticing?

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This guy was roleplaying a little too much….    I think she was kinda scared.

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Zombies and Roller girls….  What a place!!

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I called these guys the Clamtastics, I think they actually won.  Notice the group chest-bump.

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Geesh, that guy was HUGE!    Is tha our old friend Carl T?       Ohhhh… Rocky….

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From Wild Bill, too Lady Frank everyone was having a great time!

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What a great place, they even had finger food.  Where’s Waldo, maybe he’s hungry?

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So, to all you freaks and harry’s out there, we salute you!!  Everybody else, don’t miss the19th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  This October event is a must see for all ages.  Next time I WILL bring my costume!

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