There is a lot of charm to be found in this older mountain town. It has preserved some of its older buildings and resorts. One such building is Miramont Castle, built in 1895 for Father Jean Baptiste Francolon and his mother. They were quite wealthy and had a chateau in France, which they returned to in 1900. The Father had been poisoned in New Mexico and had some lingering ill effects from that. He came to Manitou Springs with the hope that the Sisters of Mercy would care for him in his castle. He became the local parish priest. After he returned to France the Sister converted the building into a sanitarium.