For the local history buff, there is nothing more satisfying in the area than a trip to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum just south of East Colorado Springs. With a mission to preserve the cultural history of the Pines Peak region, the museum has the rare recognition as a historical center that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As a venue, it is housed in the fully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, serving the community for a century.
With Colorado being one of the trailblazers of granting women the right to vote, the museum features an exhibit examining the history of women’s suffrage in Colorado. An exhibit on the founder of Colorado Springs, William Jackson Palmer, examines his controversial capture as a spy for the Union Army in the Civil War and his railroad and coal legacy. From historical and cultural perspectives, the CSPM packs a huge punch to satisfy even the most curious traveler.
Students, scholars, and tourists alike through myriad rotating exhibits will enjoy learning about the history of Pines Peak, its settlers, and the development of industry throughout the region. During a trip to the museum, one can study the cross-cultural history of the local indigenous people, as well as the journey of non-native settlers into the area. Offering field trips and resources for further education of local history, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum holds a wealth of informative exhibits for the entire family to enjoy.