It’s that time of year again! Yep, you heard it here those once a year crazy ass coffin races brought to you by the lovely town of Manitou Springs, Colorado. If your in the area, you’ll want to catch this year’s event which starts tomorrow (Saturday October 29th 12:00pm – 3:00pm) located in downtown Manitou Springs, CO.
Now, if its anything like last year, you’ll want to get there early and grab a spot (that means more like 10:00 am). I also recommend picking the side that you can escape from easily as walking thru that mess will take you 40 minutes just to walk 2 blocks. For more info you can always go to the Manitou town page
We’ll try and grab some shots for those who miss it. The event celebrates the legend of Emma L. Crawford. Though if your interested in the history then this little tidbit will shed some light (source: findagrave.com)
Emma Crawford lived in Manitou Springs, CO, at the turn of the 20th century. Sadly Emma died quite young, just before she was to marry Mr. Hildebrand, an engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Emma was laid to rest on top of Red Mountain. After years of stormy weather on the granite mountain, the granite gave way and Emma’s remains were washed down the side of Red Mountain. Emma was later buried in Crystal Valley Cemetery in Manitou Springs in an unmarked grave. An official grave site was granted to her in 2004 to honor her life. Every year in late October, Manitou Springs remembers this beautiful young woman who loved the color red with an Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Festival. The day-long celebration begins with a coffin race in the town’s National Historic District and is followed by a Parade of Hearses and Coffins and a lantern-lit walking tour.
Looking for advice on the Annual Coffin Races – see last years notes
Emma Crawford -Coffin Races Manitou Springs, CO