The tale of Emma Crawford begins over a 100 years ago. Emma was a spirited soul but unfortunately suffered from tuberculosis. Emma moved to Mountain Springs and was thought to get better, but unfortunately, her health had gotten worse and she passed away in 1891.

Emma Crawford found love before she died. During her trail and her face with death, Emma made one request to her fiancé before leaving this world. Emma’s wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain.

Her fiancé honored her desire. Emma remained resting in peace, until 1912 when they had to move her remains for building purposes. After several years of bad weather, and lots of rain. Emma slid down the hill. Her nameplate and handles to the coffin were found later on by two boys.

Manitou Springs has been honoring Ms. Crawford now for 20+ years with the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Festival. Coffin races have become a tradition in Manitou and a perfect way to kick-off Halloween.

The 24th year to celebrate Emma will be held October 27, 2018, starting with a Parade and Coffin Races to follow.