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Halloween Countdown, Day 25

Today let's join the town of Manitou Springs, Colorado in remembering Emma Crawford.

Who is Emma Crawford, you ask?

Here's the official story from the Emma Crawford Festival website: "Emma came to Manitou Springs for the miracle mineral springs in 1889. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which back then was a death sentence. Unfortunately, she lost her battle on December 4, 1891. Her dying wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain. Her fiance, William Hildebrand (a civil engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway), and eleven other men carried her body up the 7,200 ft. slope. In 1929, after years of stormy weather, her remains washed down the side of the mountain. Only her casket handles, a nameplate and a few bones were found. Some say she haunts Red Mountain.

"Emma was buried some years later in Manitou Springs' Crystal Valley Cemetery in an unmarked grave. A Memorial Stone was erected in 2004 by Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. (which operates the Manitou Springs Heritage Center) to honor her life.

"Now, the townspeople honor her every year in late October with The Emma Crawford Festival."


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And what do the good people in Manitou Springs do at the Emma Crawford Festival, you ask?

They have a parade. They wear costumes. THEY RACE COFFINS. Each team is required to have an Emma in the coffin, and the race is entirely uphill. The fastest teams compete in the finals.

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Well played, Manitou Springs. Well played.

May Emma Crawford rest in peace, and may all of today's competitors at the 20th annual memorial race be swift of foot and coffin. (Special thanks to sittingduck1313.)

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( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
jan_u_wine
Oct. 25th, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
how utterly cool is *that*?!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
I know, right?!? :D I absolutely love this.
sittingduck1313
Oct. 25th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
Of course, it would be even better if the coffin races involved DRAG-U-LA replicas.
witchcat07
Oct. 25th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
Not terribly surprised that this suggestion came from you. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
LOL! :D
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yes! Isn't it *fun*?
wellinghall
Oct. 25th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
(Off topic again - of course - )
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you for this! True facts: S.E. Hinton grew up in and set her stories (including The Outsiders) in my hometown! Very interesting read, and relevant to my interests in all sorts of ways. Thank you, thank you, my friend! :)
wellinghall
Oct. 25th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
That's cool.
travels_in_time
Oct. 25th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
That is AWESOME. I love when people do ridiculous things for no reason other than that they're ridiculous. And fun.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
That's my reaction exactly. :D :D :D I love this, too! So awesome.
gilda_elise
Oct. 26th, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
Wow. I guess some people will party over anything. ;-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 27th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
So true. And I love that! :D Who wouldn't want to be remembered with a big annual party where everyone's being creative and ridiculous and having a marvelous time?
febobe
Oct. 28th, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
OMG, wow!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
Isn't it clever? I love it.
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