Friday, October 23, 2009

15th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races at Pikes Peak

Emmas rides again! Manitou Springs celebrates it's 15th year of coffin races in remembrance of Emma Crawford. Emma moved to this mountain town just west of Colorado Springs, and at the base of Pikes Peak in the late 1800s in hopes that the water from the famous Mineral Springs would help cure her tuberculosis. Emma died in 1890 just before she was to marry. It gets worse! Her last wish was to be buried atop nearby Red Mountain, which she was until her grave gave way due to terrible rains and her remains slid down the side of the mountain. She was later buried in the Manitou Springs Cemetery. The celebration includes teams of four runners in costume and one coffin-rider (Emma) racing down the street in hopes of finishing first. Join in the parade and ghost and haunted house tours as well as Emma Crawford's Wake at nearby Miramont Castle on Friday night.

Stay, play, dress up and join the fun. We still have rooms available for the weekend, call 800-905-5337 or visit

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