In honor of Emma Crawford, Eastholme in the Rockies Bed and Breakfast is offering a 10% discount for two night stays beginning on Friday, October 23rd through October 31st. Must mention you found our blog to receive this special offer.
Emma Crawford lived in Manitou Springs at the turn of the century, arriving with the hopes that the famous drinking Mineral Springs would help with a cure for her tuberculosis. Sadly, in the summer of 1890 Emma died quite young, just before she was to marry Mr. Hildebrand, an engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
Her wishes were to be laid to rest on top of Red Mountain. Her heartbroken fiancee and eleven other men began the arduous task of carrying Emma's coffin up to the top of Red Mountain. It took them all day, working two shifts to scale the 7200 foot Summit. In 1929, after years of stormy weather on the granite mountain the granite gave way and Emma's remains were washed down the side of Red Mountain. Emma was later buried in the Manitou Springs Cemetery in an unmarked grave. An official grave site was granted to her in 2004 to honor her life. Now every year in late October, Manitou Springs remembers this beautiful young woman who loved her town and her Red Mountain with this unique festival.
Today, this macabre event is immortalized with a bit of dark humor, epitomized by the 15th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race; Parade in downtown Manitou Springs, located near Colorado Springs. During the race, participants act as pallbearers as one of their teammates takes a seat in their homemade, and often eccentric, coffins. Racers then run a course, hoping to post the quickest time. Other events are held in tandem with the races, including a tour of the historic Miramont Castle.
Friday, October 23rd, Emma’s Wake at Miramont Castle Viewings are 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00pm
Cost is $25.00 ($15.00 Children 12 and under)
Saturday October 24th, Emma Crawford Coffin Festival Race & Parade 12pm-3pm (FREE)
Eastholme in the Rockies
A Bed and Breakfast Inn
4445 Hagerman Avenue
Cascade, CO 80809
Deborah and Ken Rice, Innkeepers