The Conejos Neighborhood May Be Gone, But Its Residents And Role In Colorado Springs History Won’t Be Forgotten

September 15, 2021
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The Chadbourn Spanish Gospel Mission is all that remains of the Conejos district in Colorado Springs. Built in 1910, it was a grocery store before being reborn as a church in 1930, founded by missionary Ruth Chadbourn. Conejos was roughly between Colorado Avenue and Mill Street, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad yard and Monument Creek. The area was bulldozed in the 2000s to build America the Beautiful Park.

What used to the the Conejos neighborhood in Colorado Springs is now America The Beautiful Park. A permanent exhibit at the Pioneers Museum will ensure the people who once lived there -- and the contributions they made to the development of Colorado Springs -- won't be forgotten.

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The Conejos district in Colorado Springs was roughly between Colorado Avenue and Mill Street, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad yard and Monument Creek. The area was bulldozed in the 2000s to make way for America the Beautiful Park, seen here from the east.