Colorado Springs is a city in Colorado located at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It can be found near Pikes Peak, a landmark in Pike National Forest. This area is a nature lover’s paradise, with hiking trails and a cog railway that leads to a 14,114-ft. Summit. Also, another attraction that draws people to Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods park, which features red-sandstone formations and epic mountain views.
Although Native people had lived in the area now known as Colorado Springs for hundreds of years, the city was officially founded by Civil War General William Jackson Palmer in 1871.
Before it was founded, Colorado Springs was part of the American frontier. In addition, in 1858, Old Colorado City was built during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and was the Colorado Territory capital. When General William Jackson Palmer founded it, it became a resort town.
In 2019, it was reported that the population of Colorado Springs was 464,871 residents.
Colorado Springs prides itself on all the LGBTQIA+-owned businesses and resources it has in its community. Here are some of the most well-known:
In 2018, Mental Health America discovered that one in eight Colorado residents is suffering from clinical depression.
Even though Colorado’s prevalence of mental illness is among the worst in the United States, the state overall is doing well in accessing mental health care. In addition, another report from Mental Health America ranked Colorado 17th for mental health access overall and 8th for the number of people with mental illness who also have insurance coverage.
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