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Coffin Races!

Join us Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 12-3 pm for our Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs.  Enjoy a fun filled day of refreshments, food and fun watching the spooktacular coffins! Good times had by all!

Read on about Emma Crawford and her story below.

Emma Crawford lived in Manitou Springs, CO, at the turn of the 20th century. Sadly Emma died quite young, just before she was to marry Mr. Hildebrand, an engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Emma was laid to rest on top of Red Mountain. 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 Crystal Valley Cemetery in Manitou Springs in an unmarked grave. An official grave site was granted to her in 2004 to honor her life. Every year in late October, Manitou Springs remembers this beautiful young woman who loved the color red with an Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Festival. The day-long celebration begins with a coffin race in the town’s National Historic District and is followed by a Parade of Hearses and Coffins and a lantern-lit walking tour.

Crystal Valley Cemetery
Manitou Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Created by: AW
Record added: Oct 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16047567


Mike Casey
Author: Mike Casey

Graduated from Northern Illinois University and started professional career in the manufacturing engineering world specializing in technical design, supervision, and upper level management. Has lived in Manitou Springs since 1987. Married to Lisette, who has three boys (men, actually). Highly involved in the community.

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