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Fountain was founded in 1859 as a railroad shipping center for local ranches and farms. It was named after Fountain Creek and was incorporated in 1900. Located ten miles south of Colorado Springs, Co., and just east of Fort Carson Army Military Base; it is the oldest town in El Paso County. It was an agricultural hub with crops and cattle that were transported by railroad.
In the spring of 1888 a freight train with eighteen tons of explosives collided with another train and the explosion was heard miles away. It created a forty-foot crater in diameter and fifteen feet deep. ” THE BLAST”, remains a legendary event and the city of Fountain commemorate with an annual street dance held in July.
The city of Fountain has several parks frequented by residents and visitors. There is a variety of recreational activities from picnic areas and play grounds to sport fields. A nearby golf course provides opportunity for golf enthusiasts. There are also a number of reservoirs and lakes nearby which are suitable for several types of aquatic activities. Favorite attractions are Pikes Peak Regional Park and Big Johnson Reservoir.
Fountain is home to a very large school district, which includes Fort Carson. There are 10 schools with a student to teacher’s ratio around 18.