The first settlers of Monument were men from the state of Iowa on their way to California for the gold rush. Many found the area’s rich soil and clean water ideal for homesteading and decided to stay. Originally named “Henry” after Henry Limbach, the town’s first mayor, Monument gained its current name when the D&RG railroad was built in the 1870s, and was officially incorporated as a town on June 2nd, 1879.
Monument’s economy in the early days was primarily rooted in agriculture, and was known for producing the best potatoes in the country. However, when it was announced in 1954 that the Air Force Academy would be built just six miles to the south, the majority of the town’s farmland began being converted to housing to support the military installation. Since then, Monument has become a popular home for current and retired Military personnel as well as residents who commute to Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver daily.
With its relatively high elevation and close proximity to the mountains, Monument experiences pleasant summers with an average high temperature of 85 degrees. Winters can be chilly, with an average low of 12 degrees and annual snowfall of roughly 100 inches. However, warm and sunny days are not at all uncommon during the winter months.
First class medical care can be found just 15-20 miles from Monument at Centura Health-Penrose St Francis Health Services & Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs or Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Woodland Park.
Primary education in our area is provided by the Lewis-Palmer School District with 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 2 high schools. Private options include St. Peter Catholic School and Hope Montessori Academy. In addition to the United States Air Force Academy, those seeking higher education are conveniently close to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University Online and Pikes Peak Community College.
With its close proximity to the mountains, residents of Monument have easy access to lots of outdoor activities. Hiking on the Mt Herman Trail, sightseeing at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and skiing or biking at any number of regional resorts represent just a few of the many opportunities.
If you’re looking for entertainment, downtown Monument plays host to a number of events including the Spring Art Hop, Summer Soulstice Music Festival and numerous other concerts, parades and the best chili cook-off in the region.
If you enjoy the charm of a small town with all of the conveniences of living rear a major metropolitan area, Monument may just be the place for you. Find Your Freedom in the beautiful Colorado countryside by calling your United Country office today!