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Debbie E. Payne October 26, 2009

This is not an image that I would probably consider EP quality, but I just wanted you to know that I spent my weekend hanging out with people who looked like this! Went to the Emma Crawford Coffin Races again this year and what a hoot it was. It got national recognition this year with a crew from the Discovery Channel videotaping the parade and the ensuing coffin races down the middle of town in honor of Emma Crawford; a young woman who came to Manitou Springs with consumption in the hopes that the mineral water, and it's restorative powers could cure her. Alas, she succumbed to her disease and was buried at the top of the mountain under her favorite pine tree where she rested in peace for many years until a gambling palace was put on top of the mountain and she was dug up and moved to another place close by. A terrible Rocky Mountain thunderstorm washed out the area where she was reburied and she came tumbling down the mountain, coffin and all. So....because the town of Manitou Springs is a weird bunch, they celebrate this every year and have for the last 15 years.
Here are just a few of the images I got this weekend, complete with another picture of this girl's entire costume, and a picture of an Emma Crawford look-alike and her long-dead finance', Mr. Hildebrand. #

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Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 240.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 30D

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