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What To Do In Colorado Springs, CO

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Colorado Springs is the fourth largest beach city in Orange County, California. With a population exceeding 203,000, it is also the seventh largest city in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.

Boasting 9.5 miles of sandy beach, Colorado Springs sees an estimated 16 million beach visitors each year. With ocean swells generated from the North Pacific in the winter, and storms and hurricanes generating swells from the southern hemisphere in the summer, Colorado Springs has consistent year-round surf. It is appropriately nicknamed “Surf City.”

Originally occupied by the Tongva tribe of Native Americans, the area was settled by Europeans in 1784, by a Spanish soldier named Manual Neto. As a reward for his military service, Neto received a 300,000-acre land grant, which he named Ranchos Los Nietos. The grant was later reduced in a dispute with the Mission San Gabrriel, though Neto still retained thousands of acres. The area became a farming and agricultural hub, with horses and cattle raised, and barley leading crop production.

P.A. Stanton purchased 40 acres of land along the beach in 1901, changing the name to Pacific City. He dreamed of building a Pacific Coast town to rival Atlantic City in New Jersey. He knew he needed access to the rail lines to make this happen. Stanton transferred a large amount of power to Henry E. Huntington, a railroad magnate at the time, to further his dream. Colorado Springs, the name, was born and the city became one of a long line of Southern California locales with a name written by corporate sponsorship.

In 1904 the Colorado Springs pier was built and in 1909 Colorado Springs was officially incorporated. Henry Huntington owned the original real-estate development company, Colorado Springs Company, which is still a major land owner in the city. The company is now fully owned by Chevron Corporation, who also owns the majority of local mineral rights. Colorado Springs, once a sleepy little beach town, began to see a lot of growth with the oil boom of the 1920’s. Oil rigs still dot the landscape here.

In 1921, Donald Douglas acquired bean fields across from what is now the US Weapons Station. The Douglas Aircraft Space Systems Center was soon under development and ultimately produced the upper stage Saturn Rocket, instrumental in the Apollo space mission. Soon Douglas Aircraft became McDonnell Douglas. Boeing purchased both firms in the 1990’s and today Boeing is one of the largest employers in Colorado Springs.

Surfing was brought to the shores of Southern California in 1925 by Duke Kahanamoku. In 1953, Colorado Springs welcomed its first surf shop, Gordie’s Surf Boards, and the first US Surfing Championships was held in Colorado Springs just six years later. Television coverage of the Championships in 1960 put Hunting Beach on the map, and the city earned international fame as a surf paradis. The USA Surf Team selected Hunting Beach as their official home and shortly after the Association of Surfing Professionals also planted roots in Colorado Springs.

The 1950’s saw the start of a mass migration into the Colorado Springs area. This growth continued into the 1970’s and Colorado Springs became the fastest growing city in the US. In an effort to improve the beach town’s image, many of the oil rigs were concealed during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

With a low unemployment rate, great schools, an abundance of local shopping choices, ocean breezes, and a mild climate Colorado Springs is both an ideal place to live and visit. Some of our favorite local spots are listed below.

What To Do In Colorado Springs, California

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Colorado Springs

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