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Emma Crawford Parade and Coffin Races

  • Oct 26, 2013 · 11:30 AM
  • European Cafe

Manitou Springs, Colorado is known for a few wacky events, and the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade are one of the highlights of year. Why coffin races? Here's the story...

Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs in 1889 with her mother and fiance in hopes that the famous Mineral Springs would help with a cure for her tuberculosis. Sadly, in the summer of 1890 Emma died quite young, just before she was to marry Mr. William Hildebrand, an engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Her wishes were to be laid to rest on top of Red Mountain. Her fiancee and eleven other men began the arduous task her carrying Emma's coffin up to the top of Red Mountain. It took them all day, working two shifts to scale the 7200 foot summit. 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 the Manitou Springs Cemetery in an unmarked grave. An official grave site was granted to her in 2004 to honor her life. Emma supposedly still haunts Red Mountain to this day.

In honor of Emma, Manitou Springs hosts a local parade and coffin races each year. Participants bling out their coffins, dress as Emmas and other ghoulish characters, march in the parade, and then race down Manitou Avenue in one of the most popular events of the year, which have been featured numerous times on the Travel Channel and in Newsweek. A wake in Emma's honor is also held at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs the night before the races.

We will meet outside the European cafe at 935 Manitou Ave., at 11:30am. The races start at 12pm.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a fun day and the events were very cool.

    October 28, 2013

  • Mark

    I had a great time. Met some wonderful ladies. Will post pictures in a couple days.

    October 27, 2013

    • Deb W.

      Thanks Mark. It was a good time.

      October 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes thanks Mark. Had a great time with some nice new people!!

      October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wore a big brim hat, because me and the sun do not get along, but shame I did not think ahead and make it into a costume (laugh). I guess in the grand story Emma Crawford is romantic story and a story of devoted friends. The coffin coming back down the hill on its own years later does add several twists. A very humanistic story. Glad I got to meet a few of you even though we did not chat much; the race was intriguing.

    October 27, 2013

  • Kris

    I wish I had met up with the group but got there later than I thought and took awhile to park. I'm glad I went it was a great event

    October 26, 2013

  • Kris

    I had a great time. unfortunately my friend and I got there too late to meet up with the group but I think it was a great idea and I'm glad I went.

    October 26, 2013

  • Blake

    I came, I couldn't find parking, I give up…

    October 26, 2013

  • S K

    I just had a family conflict come up and won't be able to make it. I was looking forward to it all week. Take pictures!

    October 26, 2013

  • Mark

    I can take 4 people in my care if anyone wants to carpool. We could meet at the Lincoln lightrail station at 10:00 a.m. My number is[masked]

    October 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you get off at Lincoln in lone tree you take park meadows drive and its on the right side (east side of street). You'll see the parking garages.

      October 25, 2013

    • Mark

      Exit Lincoln which is the first exit past C470 and go right. The first light is park meadows Dr make a right. Go about a mile and turn right into parking structure behind. Clock Towers and across the street from Kaiser building

      October 25, 2013

  • Treva

    I'm at Colorado and Yale and can drive
    If someone wants to carpool. Treva[masked]

    October 24, 2013

    • Nan B.

      Treva. I would love to carpool with you. I left you a voicemail, please contact me. Thanks, Nancy B.

      October 25, 2013

  • Colleen

    Is anyone participating or just watching? I've had conversations with people who love decorating a coffin, putting together a team, and doing the race; but do not remember who I was talking to about them. those of you who have met me know I am not likely to race, but I am good at decorating and it might be more fun to have people we know in the event.

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Petia

      We hope to have a team next year; we were too late to apply this year.

      October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yep and I will be Emma Crawford just have to make sure I schedule it off.

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to have to work Saturday morning won't be able to make the parade/races :( but I will see you guys for the ghost tour.

    October 25, 2013

  • Paul V.

    Not to discourage anyone, but Air Force plays Notre Dame at 3pm on Saturday. You will want to factor this into your travel plans as traffic in some spots/times will be a bitch. I will have to ponder this further, too.

    October 24, 2013

  • Melinda

    Is anyone coming from up north (Broomfield/Westminster area) that would like to carpool and share gas expenses?

    October 24, 2013

    • Mark

      If you can make it to Lone Tree CO you can ride the rest of the way with me. See my post I put on here

      October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Working

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a maybe for this one...date still too far away for my schedule.

    September 18, 2013

  • Daphne B.

    This sounds so fun is anyone going the night before to the wake?

    September 16, 2013

  • Juan E V.

    I sign as a yes but shoul sign as a maybe if that would be a possible option that does not exist. Please I'll check and confirm my participation in mo more than 2 or 3 days. Thanks, Juan

    September 16, 2013

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