Manitou and the Great War: Eber Duclo and the Tank on Top of Pikes Peak

November 9, 2019••• Saturday 11am ••• Manitou Springs Memorial Hall 606 Manitou Avenue.  American Legion Post 39 and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center  proudly present “Manitou and the Great War: Eber Duclo and the Tank on Top of Pikes Peak”, a presentation by Lt. Colonel Matt Cavanaugh, author and contributor to The Gazette and Pikes Peak Bulletin. World War I shaped Manitou Springs in many ways, and some are hidden in plain sight. What’s the story behind the statue atop that 20-ton boulder in Memorial Park? Is it true that the yet-to-be-assassinated archduke that triggered the conflict stayed in Manitou? Why did the US Army send a tank mission to the top of Pikes Peak in 1919? And what was the origin of Veteran’s Day?

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion and Eber Duclo Post 39, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will dedicate its November series of events and an exhibit in recognition of the veterans who have sacrificed their lives and served their country. The Heritage Center honors the centennial celebration of the national American Legion, which was chartered by an Act of Congress on September 16, 1919, and the founding of the American Legion George Eber Duclo Post 39, chartered on August 1, 1920.

Support the Manitou Springs Heritage Center 517 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs.  Visit our free museum.  For more information, call 719-685-1454, E-mail: or visit our website,


Nov 09 2019


11:00 am - 12:30 pm




Memorial Hall - City Hall
606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Manitou Springs Heritage Center


Manitou Springs Heritage Center
(719) 685-1454

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