Climbing to the peak since 1891
We’ve come a long way since the late 1880s, when tourists rode to the summit of Pikes Peak on a mule. Zalmon Simmons, founder of what became the Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company, envisioned a more comfortable and civilized journey to the top. In 1889 construction of the cog railway began with 150 men transporting rails, bridge-iron, and tools via wheelbarrows and mules. On the afternoon of June 30th, 1891, the first passenger train, carrying a church choir from Denver, made it to the summit of Pikes Peak by train.