Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Parade

Emma Crawford's Victorian Wake 
Miramont Castle
Friday, October 26, 2012 6 PM -

Make reservations early 719-685-1011

Emma Crawford's Coffin Race and Parade
Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 PM 

Find an area B&B for your weekend lodging.

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Miss Emma Crawford.

 In 1889 Emma came to Manitou Springs in search of her health. She was accompanied by her mother and her fiance, Mr. William Hildebrand. It was the young couples greatest desire that Emma, who suffered from consumption, would benefit from Manitous healing waters and crisp mountain air. She partook of them both abundantly and freely on her many walks in the area and up Red Mountain.

Emma rallied and was busily preparing for her wedding. Life was a blessing indeed. But fate held a different card and the Reaper was not to leave with empty hands. Emma succumbed. She had requested to be buried atop Red Mountain.  Some years later her remains washed down the moutainside due to harsh rains.

In her honor, Saturday, October 27, at 12 noon come watch the Parade of coffins and then the Race up Mantiou Avenue in  Historic Manitou Springs. There are 50 teams participating. Following the race  merchants will have the Emma Crawford Estate Sidewalk Sale.


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