In the early days of Colorado Springs, the city was known as “Little London”. At one point there were actually over 2,000 immigrants from Great Britain living in El Paso County, that was 1 out of every 5 residents.
This phenomenon was due in large part to the fact that much of the money raised by William Palmer to develop both Colorado Springs and the “Denver and Rio Grande Railroad” came from English Investors.
Colorado Springs residents evidently became “quite British” according to Patricia Farris Skolout, in her book “Colorado Springs History A to Z. Residents carried umbrellas, celebrated English holidays, flew the English flag on Queen Victoria’s Birthday, played cricket and rugby. The police in Colorado Springs at that time were even called “Bobbies”.
Vestiges of our British past still exist today. For example, The Broadmoor Hotel still hosts afternoon teas from Monday through Saturday. One of our favorite bakeries is the “Little London Cake Shoppe” and many of the streets northeast of the Broadmoor Hotel are named for the old polo grounds that were housed in that area. So, although the name “Little London” and the atmosphere are long gone, you can still find pieces of that history, if you know where to look.