Western Street Breakfast

June 15, 2017

Our Western Heritage

With all the modernity and bustling-size of our once-little berg, it’s easy forget how deeply steeped our community is in western heritage. The Western Street Breakfast is a great reminder and celebration of those roots. Started in 1936, chuckwagon style, the breakfast has been organized by a couple of different organizations, but has remained ever true to it’s roots. In the early days, a breakfast of eggs and pancakes cost $1. Today’s breakfast, still eggs and pancakes, still enjoyed on straw bales, is only $5. I don’t think you need an inflation calculator to tell you what a good deal that is!

The Western Street Breakfast has always been part of our local rodeo promotion. Did you know that the first ever rodeo was held in Colorado? (Well, there’s some debate about that, but I’m a Colorado native, so you know where my vote goes.) Regardless of whether or not we were the first, rodeo is a long standing tradition here in Colorado, and this is the kickoff.

In its early days, the breakfast became a natural starting point for the Pikes Peak Range Riders. The Range Riders began as a clever idea to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. It’s become a long held tradition, one that’s preserving our western heritage and raising money for local charities.

My parents, my grandparents and my great grandparents all participated in this horseback ride around the Peak. It was an annually family tradition until my grandparents got too old to handle the ride. It was always a favorite moment at the breakfast when the Range Riders would set out — so if you attend this year, be sure to salute the Range Riders for me and the old folks!

Hope to see you on the streets of downtown Colorado Springs, on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 from 5:30 to 9. Your best western duds are highly encouraged! Yee-haw!

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