Could never call it ‘No Man’s Land’
Many years ago, in the 1950s, my southwest Kansas family vacationed in Colorado Springs, which was only five hours away. We did not have much money, so we stayed in mom-and-pop motels (then called motor courts). One of the motor courts at which we stayed is still on West Colorado Avenue, in the so- called No Man's Land. In those days there were great big trees down in the middle of the court. There might have been a swing. There was a kitchen so our mother could fix hot dogs and beans for supper. My sisters and I would play in the treed area until time for supper and then again after supper. My mom and dad would sit outside and watch us play. They never really did that at home. It was fun and we were happy. It was cool and clean and a wonderful vacation. It could never have been No Man's Land.
Years later, after moving here, I rode the bus to work and back home. I enjoyed the ride. I loved riding on Colorado Avenue. Early on I was told that the Columbia Road area was called Adams Crossing, and I learned the history of that moniker. One day I told the bus driver to let me off at “Adams Crossing.” His face lit up, and he was clearly delighted that I even knew the historic name. So, I have always been fond of the name, Adams Crossing, as a place in time and a place close to my family history.
I think honoring a historic early Colorado Springs/ Manitou Springs crossroad with the name “Adams Crossing” or “Adams Crossroads” might be the answer to the very ugly and unpleasant sounding NO MAN'S LAND. A plaque honoring the original Adams and his place in Colorado History would be appropriate. This part of town can never be NO MAN'S LAND to me. I vote for Adams Something-or-other for a new name for the area.