'The times, they are a-changin'



While going through the Pikes Peak Library District's special collection of old photographs for an upcoming story, I came across some very cool photos.

First, my curiosity was piqued because some of them involve our building (and writers are nothing if not self-involved). But second, some of them give a great look at how much Colorado Springs has changed — the downtown area, in this particular instance — and how much it has stayed the same.

And since the city's about to shift its entire government and change again, I thought we should take a look back. So arts editor Edie Adelstein and I shot some photos this past weekend — amateur ones, for sure — in an attempt to compare and contrast at the intersection of Nevada Avenue and Vermijo Street, facing north (with the Independent building on the right). Look for more in the upcoming days.

Winfield Scott Stratton Statue by Stewarts Commercial Photographers, ca. 1923. Courtesy of special collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image number: 013-1070.
  • "Winfield Scott Stratton Statue." Photograph by Stewarts Commercial Photographers, © Pikes Peak Library District, 013-1070.

A similar view 88 years later.

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