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Tanja Britton

Tanja Britton

Originally from Germany, Tanja Britton first visited the Pikes Peak region, where her husband grew up, in 1990. After living in Indiana, Alaska, and Summit County, Colorado, she made Colorado Springs her permanent home in 2013. Her interest in medicine led her to explore the captivating history of tuberculosis in the area which catalyzed wider historical studies and volunteer work at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum starting in 2015. Also enamored of nature, photography, and writing, she combined her interests by starting a blog in 2016 and by publishing her first book in 2021.

Places and People of the Pikes Peak Region: Exploring 14 Signature Sites contains a collection of 14 separate yet interconnected essays. Each explores a natural or manmade landmark in the Pikes Peak region, the person(s) for whom the chosen site is named, and the relevant historical context. From Ute Pass and Pikes Peak to Palmer Park and the Fannie Mae Duncan sculpture, the text covers significant local history beginning with the Utes and culminating with the sesquicentennial of Colorado Springs in 2021.

Every chapter includes historic as well as present-day photographs, and the book’s narrative is complemented by a bibliography, chronology, and index. 

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