Downtown Intensive Survey Update: 1935-1964 Index

What: The 1935-1964 Index identifies newspaper headlines from the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph that document the physical development of the city, with an emphasis on the downtown area, during the indicated time period. Information was obtained from microfilm records of the newspaper maintained by the Pikes Peak Library District, located in the Carnegie Wing of the Penrose Branch library. Community volunteers, coordinated by the City Comprehensive Planning Division, performed the research.

Additional information provided in the "Notes" was obtained either from the article or from additional sources, including the City Directories. Sometimes the headline does not relate to development matters, and keywords are provided.

Topics of interest included buildings, parks, schools, roads, and landscaped medians. Front page obituaries of local residents, building permits, and federal programs (such as the Works Progress Administration, the Public Works Administration, and the Civilian Conservation Corps) were recorded. Articles of historic interest, either individuals or events, mention of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and the Union Printers Home, City Council election results, concept and development of I-25 (originally known as the Monument Valley Highway), and advertisements with photographs of buildings, were collected. Significant events and leaders in figures in City government, including City Utilities were also gathered.

Why: In 2003, the City of Colorado Springs obtained a grant through the Colorado Historical Society to update its 1985 Downtown Intensive Historic and Architectural Survey. That survey focused primarily on the early history of Colorado Springs, with less attention paid to the more recent period after 1935. The threshold age for properties to be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Properties is 50 years. Basic information for the update has been collected through the end of 1964. This means that the useful life of the updated survey has been extended to cover properties that will be 50 years old and therefore eligible for listing in the year 2014.

Who: The volunteers that participated in this project are identified below:

Kathy Beck Dalean Greenlee Lydia Maring
Mary Bixler Nancy Harley Rob O’Connor
Zane Bowers Brenda Hawley Shauna Prince
Jennifer Cordova DeAnna Hess Janice Prowell
Barbara Davis Lonny James Barbara Ross
Pat Doyle Claire Kirk Tim Scanlon
Joan Frederick Leon Kirk Diane Underwood
John Frederick David Litzelman Reed Underwood

These volunteers were assisted by the staff at the Special Collections Department of the Penrose Library, Pikes Peak Library District, 20 North Cascade Avenue.

How To Use: The primary intent of this index is to identify the origins of buildings planned and constructed between 1935 and 1964. The headlines will enable researchers to find articles for historic research. To see all of the index citations do a Power Search subject query for "Downtown Intensive Survey Update" (no quotes).

The owners, architects and contractors associated with buildings are identified in the "Notes" when possible. Some of the microfilm is very difficult to read, as it was over or under exposed when photographed. Occasionally, issues are missing or filmed out of order and, on occasion, the individual issues or individual pages are incorrectly dated or labeled. Furthermore, some errors may have occurred as volunteers recorded the information and transcribed it into digital form.

Every effort was make to accurately record headlines and identify photographs. Should the headline be absent from the reported page, the researcher may wish to examine other pages on that date, or the newspapers on the preceding or following day. For those instances where the microfilm is difficult to read, original copies of newspapers are maintained at the Starsmore Center for Local History and Research, located in the basement of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Access to the Starsmore Center is available by appointment only.

Because of the extent of this effort - nearly 11,000 days - it was not possible to completely standardize the reporting of the results. Consequently, variations exist regarding the reporting format and the degree of detail.

This Index may be searched by word or phrase. Addresses that include directions (e.g. N Nevada) are provided without a period. Street abbreviations are without a period as well (e.g. E Willamette Ave).

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Pikes Peak NewsFinder contains citations to local news articles and obituaries from the Colorado Springs Gazette and other local newspapers. Wire stories (e.g. AP or Reuters), syndicated columns, editorials, letters to the editor, and reviews are not indexed. The site also contains citations to the Colorado Springs Death Registers, 1872-1920; the Colorado Veterans Graves Registration, 1870-1950; registers from several Colorado Springs churches, ca. 1873-1942; and other resources.

Full Text of the article is available by clicking the [FULL TEXT] link, which appears after the publication information. If full text is not available, you may order by clicking [ORDER FULL TEXT]. To help us maintain this as a free service, please limit requests to no more than ten per month. Every effort is made to complete requests within seven business days.

Indexing the Colorado Springs Gazette is an ongoing project of the Pikes Peak Library District's Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library. Indexing the Colorado Springs Death Registers is a volunteer project of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. Contact Special Collections for questions concerning Pikes Peak NewsFinder. Phone inquiries welcome at (719) 531-6333 x2253.

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