Cave of the Winds: Historical Colorado Cave & Giveaway!
One of the blessings of having out of state family and friends visit, is the opportunity to see the sites in your own area! Earlier in January, we took family to visit Cave of the Winds, which is only about 45 minutes from my home. It has some fascinating history, and I have some pictures and a giveaway to share with you as well!
Cave of the Winds is tucked away in the foothills outside of Colorado Springs next to the cozy town of Manitou Springs. It was first discovered in 1869 but didn't become a tourist attraction until 1881. It has since become the 2nd most commercial cave in the United States.
At the bottom of the cavern you see here, is where the original entrance was discovered. Two brothers, John and George Pickett, were exploring the area for caves when they heard a low howling noise. They came to investigate and climbed through a small entrance into a large cavern. Before long, the howling noise returned, much louder this time, and sent the boys running from the 'ghost' that lived there. The cave was later excavated by George Snider, a stone cutter from Ohio, and opened it up for tours.
Originally, folks explored the cave with candle lanterns much like this. They entered the cave by climbing down a rope ladder.
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