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City of Fountain, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
Fountain Colorado circa 1942
Fountain Colorado circa 1942
Motto: " Pure Colorado "
Location in El Paso County and the state of Colorado
Location in El Paso County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County El Paso County
Home Rule Municipality April 23, 1903
Area
 • Total 24.0 sq mi (62.2 km2)
 • Land 24.0 sq mi (62.1 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 5,545 ft (1,690 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 25,846
 • Estimate (2014) 27,631
 • Density 1,076.2/sq mi (415.5/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80817
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-27865
GNIS feature ID 0193616
Highways I-25, US 85, SH 16
Website City of Fountain

The City of Fountain is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 25,846.

Fountain is located 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Colorado Springs and just east of Fort Carson. Fountain and the Colorado Springs suburbs Security and Widefield make up the "Fountain Valley" community.

History

Fountain was built in 1859 as a railroad shipping center for local ranches and farms. The town was named for Fountain Creek, and was incorporated in 1900.

In 1999, Fountain was chosen as "America's Millennium City" by the New York Times. Fountain was named an "All-America City" in 2002 by the National Civic League. The city is the home of Pikes Peak International Raceway.

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Fountain Valley Town Hall

Geography

Fountain is located at 38°41′38″N 104°41′53″W / 38.69389°N 104.69806°W / 38.69389; -104.69806 (38.693787, -104.698156).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.0 square miles (62.2 km2), of which 24.0 square miles (62.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.15%, is water. The eponymous Fountain Creek flows south through the city.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 99
1910 431
1920 595 38.1%
1930 577 −3.0%
1940 571 −1.0%
1950 713 24.9%
1960 1,602 124.7%
1970 3,515 119.4%
1980 8,324 136.8%
1990 9,984 19.9%
2000 15,197 52.2%
2010 25,846 70.1%
Est. 2015 27,767 7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,197 people, 5,039 households, and 4,061 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,085.7 people per square mile (419.1/km²). There were 5,219 housing units at an average density of 372.9 per square mile (143.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.07% White, 8.74% African American, 1.41% Native American, 2.01% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 6.71% from other races, and 5.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.06% of the population.

There were 5,039 households out of which 49.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 14.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city, the population was spread out with 34.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,121, and the median income for a family was $44,735. Males had a median income of $31,192 versus $24,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,975. About 5.9% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.

History: The Blast

A tremendous train wreck, "The Blast", as it is now known, occurred in Fountain during the spring of 1888. Just after three in the morning on May 14, 1888, a freight train carrying eighteen tons of explosives and a passenger train collided in the city. The accident killed three people: Charles F. Smith, a Fountain lumber dealer originally from Keokuk, Iowa, Henry Hutchins, a Fountain merchant and Mrs. Sarah Widrig a local hat maker from Fountain.

The blast from the collision created a very loud explosion that could be heard from miles away. The crash destroyed a nearby church, a grocery store and created a large crater in the ground forty feet in diameter and fifteen feet deep.

The cause of the wreck was attributed to a pair of unruly vagrants who were kicked off of the freight train north of Fountain in Colorado Springs.

"The Blast" remains a legendary event in the city's history. It is commemorated with an annual street dance held at Fountain's City Hall Plaza each July.

In the news

In 2014, Hollywood star Kevin Bacon began filming his newest movie, Cop Car, in Fountain.

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