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Since the founding of Colorado Springs in 1871, the city has seen evolution and growth like many cities across the country. However, what makes Colorado Springs unique from other cities is that it was founded primarily as a tourist destination and was not built on a river. Historically, some of the main attractions to the city were the climate, Cheyenne Mountain, and Pikes Peak Mountain. While water has always been essential to the city, it was not necessarily the primary amenity.

General Palmer recognized the value of Monument and Fountain Creeks as an amenity and made the first effort to protect and enhance the waterways in the early 1900’s. However, due to a combination of flooding and channelizing the creek, the water quality of the creek and natural functions began to erode over the years. 

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