How an unassuming creek shaped Colorado Springs, and how the city shaped the creek.
Monument Creek's contemporary appearance belies the immense influence that the formerly-ephemeral stream has held since Colorado Springs' founding 1871. In many ways, the creek is a microcosm of larger resource management trends that have been materializing across the American Southwest over the past century. The following six vignettes have been skillfully crafted by Colorado College students Beau Burns and Nate Goodman to illuminate these trends and tell the story of Monument Creek's surprising role in shaping Colorado Springs. To most intimately understand Monument Creek's impact, it is best to read all vignettes, however each piece may also stand alone.
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