Cascade Colorado

photo courtesy of the Ute Pass Historical Society.

Cascade Colorado was the first stop up Ute Pass for the freight wagons heading to the gold fields. Robert's Saloon at Cascade Creek, was the resting spot for hungry travelers and others who wanted to wet their whistle.

It wasn't long before this beautiful area became spotted with hotels, summer houses and stage and railroad stops.

With the coming of the Colorado Midland Railroad, the Cascade Town Company was formed and the town established.

Because of the rail line bringing many travelers, the largest hotel of the time, the Ramona (named for the book written by Helen Hunt Jackson) was built.

This was a very stylish and upscale hotel.  Many influential people from all over the country stayed here.

Just picture ladies in period walking attire strolling up to Cascade Falls or to the wildflower covered meadows.

The Railway Dining Room was a stop for passenger trains.  The popular eatery was run as a famous "Harvey House" restaurants that were established throughout the west.

In 1888, the Midland and Pikes Peak Toll Road finished the road to the old Signal Station at the summit of Pikes Peak.

Thousands of travelers boarded the Midland Railroad in Colorado Springs and headed to Cascade.

Then they would switch to Concord Coaches and travel up Pikes Peak. The round trip excursion lasted all day.

The now international Pikes Peak Hill Climb was started in 1916, by brothers Frank and Nick Sanborn, who had a dream of racing up the toll road.

In the 1920's, the automobile replaced the coaches and guests could pay a fee to travel up the Toll Road to the summit of Pikes Peak.

The toll for traveling up the road was $1.00.  The road itself cost around $100,000 to build and is 16 miles long.

Today, Cascade is the entryway to the toll road and onward to the Peak. Millions have traveled this road to experience "America's Mountain."

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