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The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been a prominent feature of Colorado Springs for over a century. It's hard to believe that the owners could consider closing it permanently. The Cog is perhaps the most unique and exciting adventure tourists from out of state can experience here, whatever their physical condition. Everyone loves train rides, and this is the highest train on the continent. Pikes Peak signifies Colorado Springs much more than "Olympic City" ever will. The Cog is the easiest and safest way to get up the peak, especially for those who don't want to drive the toll road, which can be intimidating for flatlanders. And the Cog relieves congestion on the toll road by providing an alternative route to the summit. The Cog also gives access for hikers to higher parts of the mountain, carries supplies to Barr Camp, and provides access for emergency services on the upper Barr Trail.

The Cog is a longstanding and vital part of our outdoor culture, and we can only hope that, if The Broadmoor decides they don't want to continue the responsibility of maintenance, they will sell it to an investor who appreciates its historic and tourism value and will keep the Cog running for all of us to enjoy "America's Mountain."

— Doris Drisgill, Colorado Springs

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