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Fountain
El Paso County, Colorado

ZipCodes
80817

Motto
Pure Colorado



Page Contents for Fountain, Colorado

Statistics & Facts

Location

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government

Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Libraries.

Schools.

Miscellany



Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Fountain is approximately 19,552 2007, 25846 2010.
The approximate number of families is 5,219 2000, 8724 2010.
The amount of land area in Fountain is 36.604 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Fountain is 14.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fountain to Washington DC is 1570 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 76 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fountain is positioned 38.66 degrees north of the equator and 104.69 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Fountain elevation is 5,546 feet above sea level.
Fountain per capita income is $ 15,975 2000.
Fountain median income is $ 49,600 2007.
The Fountain median home price is $ 175,600 2007.
Fountain average annual precipitation is 15.42 inches peryear.
Fountain average annual snowfall is 26.2 inches per year.
Fountain average annual humidity is 38-68
The average low temperature is 28 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 78 degrees F.

Location

about ten miles south of Colorado Springs and about 30 miles north of Pueblo. Other nearby communities include Security-Widefield, Fort Carson, Stratmoor, Cimarron Hills, Cheyenne Mountain, Elsmere and Manitou Springs.
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History & History Related Items

Fountain is named for Fountain Creek which runs through the Fountain Valley on its way to join the Arkansas River in Pueblo. The Creek was the main source of water in the area and people depended on it. Fountain was founded in 1859 and is the oldest town in the county. It began as an agricultural center where cattle and crops were sent out by railroad. In the early years, Fountain aspired to become the State Capitol rather than Denver.

Here is a history page for Fountain.
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The incorporation of Fountain

23 April 1903


Attractions

See photos of Fountain

Fountain Fall Festival
Held each year on Labor Day with lots of Family fun! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, parade, arts and crafts, car show, riding and roping events, tractor pull and more. A dance is always held in the evening at the fire station.
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Fountain City Government

City of Fountain
116 S. Main Street
Fountain, CO 80817
Phone: 719-322-2000

Fountain Historical Events

2002
Fountain was named an All-America City by the National Civic League
1999
Fountain was chosen as America's Millennium City by the New York Times. This designation was based on the city's location to national census statistics and certain research on what American life was really like at the turn of the last century based on 1997 statistics.
1988, 14 May
The famous “Blast” occurred on this date in 1888 when a freight train with tons of explosives and a passenger train crashed into each other. The wreck killed three people, but others may have died from injuries later that were not attributed to the incident. The explosion destroyed several buildings in town and carved out a large crater in the ground forty feet in diameter and 15 feet deep. Two vagrants were given the blame for the crash. They had been kicked off the freight train just north of Fountain. It was later found that they had murdered one of the passengers, Frank Shipman. They hid his body in one of the train cars and then disconnected the car along with the others behind it, including the car with explosives. The loose cars picked up speed going toward Fountain while a passenger train was coming up toward Colorado Springs. Luckily, the conductor saw the runaway cars and a number of passengers were able to escape the train and injury. As it was, 28 people were injured. The vagrants were never found nor charged with the crime. Today the “Blast” is remembered with an annual street dance in the downtown city hall plaza each summer.

Fountain Chamber

Fountain Valley Chamber of commerce
P.O. Box 201
Fountain, CO 80817
Phone: 719-382-3190

Fountain Organizations

Fountain Valley Chamber of commerce
P.O. Box 201
Fountain, CO 80817
Phone: 719-382-3190

Fountain Libraries

Fountain Branch, Pikes Peak Library District
501 E. Iowa
Fountain, CO
Phone: 719-382-5998

Fountain Schools

Fountain-Fort Carson High School
900 Jimmy Camp Road
Fountain, CO 80817
Phone: 719-382-1640
School District 8
10665 Jimmy Camp Road
Fountain, CO 80817
Phone: 719-382-1300 Fountain

Miscellany

The population of Fountain was:
1990 - 9,984
2000 - 15,197
2006 - 19,081
2007 - 19,552

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 3,789
2000 - 5,219


Median age:
2000 - 29.3 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 42,121
2007 - $ 49,600

Median house value:
2000 - $ 117,200
2007 - $ 175,600

Fountain is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.


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