Aspen Periodontics: Why We Love Colorado Springs

We at Aspen Periodontics feel lucky to be based in Colorado Springs. Today’s post is intended to offer a few reasons why love is not hyperbole as well as to share a smidge of fun history of The Springs and environs.

Firstly, and at the risk of relying upon the picture-worth-a-thousand words cliché, here is a visual sample of why:

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The original prompt for writing is mere fact that Aspen offers our services in Colorado Springs as well as the larger Pikes Peak Region. Broadly defined, the latter refers to Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, Security, Widefield, Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls and even the fairly nearby towns of Falcon, Peyton, Canon City, Cripple Creek, even Pueblo, Colorado (which is significantly south of the Peak and only has a distant side-view of Pikes Peak proper). There are even some occasional references to Denver, Aurora, Littleton, and Parker Colorado as lying within said region (perhaps overly loosely) when talking making use of the term. That said, it’s worth recalling that, historically “Pike’s Peak Country” (yes at that time there was an apostrophe in it, but more on that issue later) had once referred to a positively enormous swath of territory in the gold rush days of the 19th century. To wit, it referred to even much of the territory east of Pikes Peak as far as the State of Kansas, hundreds of miles away. The term was even meant to include parts of what today lies within the boundaries of Nebraska (including the area south of the 41st parallel).

Another note: yes, if you’ve been asking yourself if the spelling of the latter is correct, “Pikes” is written without an apostrophe for reasons that are interesting in and of itself. The Wall Street Journal article linked above jokingly refers to the addition of the extraneous albeit correct use of an apostrophe and is a fun in and of itself. Another fun item is that Colorado Territory was only dubbed so in 1861. For about two years prior to that what is now Colorado was actually referred to as Jefferson Territory. Around the same time that Colorado City was being planned, in October 24, 1859, the area was referred to as Jefferson. How different our city would sound were it to have been later dubbed “Jefferson Springs.”

Our town has had a couple of other monikers over time that are noteworthy. Early planners tried to base much of its structure upon the city of Newport, Rhode Island, and accordingly dubbed their creation “Newport in the Rockies.” Writer Marshall Sprague has in fact written a book which adopted the expression as its eponymous title:

Aspen Periodontics article about hometown of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs was once dubbed “Newport in the Rockies” after Newport, R.I.

Two other of the nicknames our fair city has had are “Little London” and “City of Millionaires.” The former, to which perhaps the most appropriate epigraph to append may be “Dry and Very Little London,” gained a fair degree of popularity. There is in fact a very worthy local podcast calleed “The Little London Show” which looks at life and business in our town from a younger professional’s perspective. “City of Millionaires” speaks to our city’s past as a mining city which created, well, a fair number of millionaires.

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