Wednesday, March 16, 2011

El Pomar Carriage House Museum

El Pomar Carriage House Museum

Julie Penrose, widow of entrepreneur Spencer Penrose who built The BROADMOOR in 1918, built the original Carriage Museum in 1941. The Museum features the many carriages that Mr. and Mrs. Penrose collected throughout their lifetime. El Pomar Foundation operates this prominent historic resource in keeping with the Penrose commitment to preserve and promote the region's history and heritage.

The Museum's extensive collection contains 31 horse-drawn carriages and five motorized carriages, including three Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb race cars (circa 1920s), Mrs. Penrose's 1928 Cadillac limousine, and a 1906 Renault (pictured above).

Among the exhibits are two presidential carriages, including an 1841 Williamsburg Brougham used for the inauguration ceremony of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States. The other presidential carriage, an 1862 C-Spring Victoria, belonged to the 21st U.S. President, Chester A. Arthur.

Museum doors recently re-opened to a brand new 8,500 square foot facility adjacent to Broadmoor Hall. Several new exhibits are featured, along with a Broadmoor casino table, authentic Native American artifacts, antique firearms and a collection of vintage riding tack-saddles, harnesses and stirrups. The Museum is open to the public and free of charge. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To contact the El Pomar Carriage Museum call 719-577-7065.


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