Colorado Springs is well known for several things: The Colorado College
is in the older part of town. NORAD
, a key government military facility built during the Cold War
is southwest of the city center tucked within Cheyenne Mountain
. It's kind of a cool sight to see all those radio antennae
and satellite dish
es like fur on an animal or something. Focus on the Family
's headquarters are in the city as well. Additionally the Fort Carson military reservation
is outside of town on the south side, lying along Interstate 25
. The US Air Force Academy
is a ways north of town as well.
When I visited there I found the social climate to be most unusual. Much like nearby Denver, there is a ton of soulless and ugly suburban sprawl towards the outside of town that I found very unsettling. Along with that, Focus on the Family's conservative presence is tangible but invisible. With the very liberal CC in town, surrounded by military installations and powerful Christian organizations, there's a sizeable amount of conflict just under the surface. At the time I claimed that "I want to hack into NORAD and firebomb this place!" My family was horrified.