There have been "Mountain Dew" titled songs and plays; “The Rare Old Mountain Dew”, “Good Old Mountain Dew”, “Diet Mountain Dew”, and Nevis Mountain Dew. But there is only one real “Manitou Mountain Dew.”
Oh, slow your roll Coca-Cola! This is not a new competition! Nor is this a new Pepsi-Cola product. In fact, this is not new at all, but is indeed a beverage, and is carbonated. “Manitou Mountain Dew” is only this examiner’s neology for the medicinal soda funneled through artistic fountains found in the historic town of Manitou Springs. Some of these mineral springs are believed to be over 20,000 years old.
The best scientific ‘rundown’ of where this water comes from and the carbonation process was found on ‘pikes-peak.com’. ”Rainwater and snowmelt from Pikes Peak and surrounding mountains soak into rock fractures. As the water penetrates to great depth, it becomes heated and mineralized. The warm water naturally flows up the Ute Pass fault zone and into cavernous limestone where it becomes carbonated. The water issues from numerous springs and from wells drilled into the limestone aquifer. Because the water takes thousands of years to complete its journey from the mountain sources to the Manitou springs, it is totally free of industrial and atmospheric contamination. Unlike most other mineralized springs, these waters are cool and pleasant to drink. Each spring has a distinctive flavor because of the minerals that the water picks up as it passes through limestone and dolomite caverns.”
Read on in “Manitou Mountain Dew” – Part 2 to learn how and why these ‘Healing Arts’ became, and continue to be the crowning glory of Manitou Springs.
Respect, enjoy and preserve!