Monument - Palmer - Lake Woodmoor
Quaint area retains its charm despite growth.
Twelve miles north of Colorado Springs lies the Tri-lakes region. Once known for top-notch potatoes, it's now a growing community with tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities, a booming business climate and a thriving art colony. All the while managing to retain its quaint, small town charm.
In the 1820s, the first of several explorations in the Monument Valley Region was conducted by the Long Expedition, followed by the Dodge Expedition in 1835. In 1843 John C. Freemont mapped the area and named Monument Creek. during the Homestead Act of 1862, ranches bought land, many of the first settlers planted willow trees, and residents built their own homes, with the assistance of neighbors.
During the 1870s, potato farming and other cash crops including rye, corn and oats thrived, as did lumber production.
A shipping industry was generated with Monument servicing as a central shipping point of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.
The Palmer Lake area was largely a creation of General William Jackson Palmer. Once known as Summit lake and featuring the only spring-fed lake in the region during the time it was a jewel in his crown of development with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. The resort area began a trend of tourism in the area which continues today.
As a result of the building of Monument Dam for irrigation and recreation Monument Lake was created in the 1860s. one hundred years later, Lake Woodmoor would be added.
the enchanting Monument town center still represents the past with the restored historic buildings, containing the local Historic Monument Merchants association, with galleries, cafes, and a day spa.
Palmer Lake has its own Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts community center and Lucretia Vaile Historical Museum.
The Woodmoor section of town -- which was the area's first housing development - contains a Pikes Peak Library District branch where story times for children and a full roster of adult programs and discussion groups keep the readers in town satisfied