COS 150: Then and Now Historic Photos

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Colorado photographer Mike Pach of 3 Peaks Photography is helping the City of Colorado Springs celebrate COS150 with his own “then and now” photography project. Mike is replicating photos from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Pikes Peak Library District and other archives in his own way while showcasing people who are doing amazing things in our community.

Mike’s project will culminate in an exhibit that will feature 50 pairs of photographs and will open on July 8, 2021 at Library 21c. The photos will be on display at this location for 2 months and then travel to various library branches and other venues for the next 6-12 months.

The project is designed to celebrate the Colorado Springs sesquicentennial and educate the public about the history of the area. It has the backing of the mayor’s office and was recognized by Colorado Springs City Council on January 28, 2020 through an official proclamation.


historic photo next to current day reimagining of photo

Adam C. Morley and Sherman the dog modeled for the recreation of “Van Cott on a Bicycle” from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Adam is co-founder of Wolf and Key Marketing and a board member of Pike Ride. The kind people at Pike Ride lent us one of their bicycles for this shoot on Pikes Peak Avenue in front of the Kimball’s Peak Three Theater. Sherman is a universal blood donor and has saved the lives of 150 other dogs. This was also Sherman's first modeling gig.



historic photo next to current day version of Glen eyrie Castle

Big thanks to Bob Falcone a.k.a. Hiking Bob, Coal the Dog's manager, for agreeing to the terms of today's photo shoot for my Colorado Springs "then and now" sesquicentennial project at Glen Eyrie. Per his contract, Coal was paid an abundant amount of treats for his modeling services. The "then" photo comes from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum archives and features one of General Palmer's dogs.


historic photo next to current day version Bijou bridge looking toward pikes peak

Imagine crossing the Bijou Street Bridge many years ago like in this photo from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Although some things have changed, the view of Pikes Peak is still breathtaking. Bijou Street is the main downtown exit off Interstate 25.