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Broadmoor History

The history of The Broadmoor is rich with a cast of interesting and exciting characters and events. The discovery of gold in the Victor and Cripple Creek areas brought together a group of men and women who exemplify the pioneer spirit of the West. One individual who played a pivotal role in the building of The Broadmoor was count James Pourtales.

Pourtales came to the area from what is now Poland. Being a man of vision he developed the concept of building a casino on what is now The Broadmoor property. His idea was to subdivide the land around the casino for homes for the wealthy citizens of Colorado Springs. Pourtales decided to build a lake as a focal point for the elegant Broadmoor residences. True to his design, the lake enhanced the beauty of the land. Pourtales vision disappeared as quickly as the water in his lake, which mysteriously emptied itself fourteen days after it had been filled. The lake which had appeared sound was peppered with prairie dog tunnels which drained the water away. At great expense, the burrows were filled with clay and the bottom was sealed with clay. Today the lake remains one of The Broadmoors’ most enduring features.


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