Emma Crawford came to Manitou Springs in a desperate attempt to cure her consumption. Wilhelm Hildenbrand came to Manitou Springs to oversee the construction of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. She was a free-thinking spiritualist and an accomplished concert pianist; he was a preeminent engineer with a level head on his shoulders. Naturally, they found each other’s company irresistible. Upon Emma’s sudden death, however, the tempestuous courtship almost came to an abrupt end… Almost.
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