Emma Crawford Coffin Race: Manitou Springs, Colo.
since 1994, locals of this mountain town have raced meticulously
customized coffins down Main Street in front of thousands of cheering
fans. Prizes are awarded to the
teams with the speediest sarcophagus, the most creative casket and the
best coffin rider. The race pays homage to former Manitou Springs
resident Emma Crawford, who died in 1890 at age 19. According to local
legend, torrential rain washed her coffin down the side of Red Mountain,
where her ghost still lingers today.