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“Highest cog railway in the world!”
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway holds a unique distinction as the highest cog railway in the world. Wonder how this legendary Pikes Peak train came to take visitors to the top of America’s Mountain? One of the tourists who visited the Pikes Peak region in the late 1880s was Zalmon Simmons, inventor and founder of the Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company. Mr. Simmons rode to the summit of Pikes Peak on a mule. The arduous, two day trip was the only way to reach the top in those days. Mr. Simmons was awed by the scenery but determined that the views should be experienced in a more civilized and comfortable manner. In 1889, the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway Company was founded and track construction began. Top wages were 25 cents per hour. Six workers died in blasting and construction accidents. On the afternoon of June 30th, 1891, the first passenger Pikes Peak train, carrying a church choir from Denver, made it to the summit. Spencer Penrose, owner of The Broadmoor Hotel, acquired the Railway in 1925. The track of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is 8.9 miles long. The round trip lasts 3 hours and 10 minutes. Check for departure dates and times before your trip to the summit.
Went with 3 kids, myself and my husband. Paid for the 2 year old because it didn't say otherwise, but he sat in our lap the whole time and they could've cared less if he had a ticket... so if you... Read more
Unfortunately 1 of the 2 engines failed, so we never made it up the mountain. We did get to about 11,000 feet, but did not make it to the top. I had friends visiting from out of state, so they'll... Read more
What a fabulous activity to celebrate our anniversary! I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this - holy cow! The views are spectacular! Starting with the bad news: - if you are a... Read more
The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway
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