This bronze statue dedicated on July 23, 1988, is a gift from the Pikes Peak Range Riders. Sculptor Rusty Phelps.
I like the sculpture for its location - on the corner of Pikes Peak looking toward west. Green trees around it create a little of reality of mountain plants and undiscovered places of the West.
Spencer Penrose (1865-1939) – native Philadelphian. He arrived in Colorado Springs in 1892 and became one of Colorado’s most prominent business, civic, and philanthropic leaders. He developed Utah’s richest copper mine and is best known for building the Broadmoor hotel and establishing El Pomar foundation.
The statue called “HANK”, the cowboy has promoted the Pikes Peak or bust rodeo since 1939. He was created and named by Stanley Reed, a staff artist with the Gazzette/Telegraph, at the request of Spencer Penrose, founder of the rodeo.
Dedicated August 5, 1997.
Pikes Peak Avenue has numerous monuments and statues dedicated to some person or just the piece of art. One of them is sculpture of Winfield Scott Stratton (July 22, 1848- September 14, 1902), who discovered the Independence Lode near Victor, Colorado on July 4, 1891, one of the richest gold mines ever located on earth, and became the Cripple Creek district's first millionaire in 1894. Located on intersection with Nevada Avenue.
The main street Pikes Peak Avenue was named by Palmer. I understand why he called this street in such way, because if you look west, you will see Pikes Peak in all its beauty, except rainy and foggy days, of course.
The monument to General William J. Palmer astride his favorite horse, Diablo, is located right on the intersection of Nevada Avenue and East Platte Avenue.
The initial proposal to erect a monument to honor the General was suggested by the Chamber of Commerce following Palmer’s death in 1909, but it was not until April 1923 that city voters approved the site by a vote of 3,151 to 871. At that time, Nevada and Platte Avenues were the major north-south and east-west highways through the city. The selection of the site sparked a controversy regarding automobile safety that continues to prompt periodic calls for the statue’s relocation. Designed by sculptor Nathan Potter, with his prominent associate Chester French, it was formally dedicated on September 2, 1929.
City of Colorado Springs, Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Favorite thing: The main street Pikes Peak Avenue was named by Palmer. I understand why he called this street in such a way, because if you look west, you will see Pikes Peak in all its beauty, except rainy and foggy days, of course. That is why it is my favorite.
Favorite thing: Downtown of Colorado Springs is not very large. You can walk through it in a short time. The most attractions as restaurants, shops, cafes are around Acacia Park, East Bijou Street, East Kiowa Street, East Pikes Peak Avenue (my favorite), North Tejon Street. In addition, Pioneer Square Park with its Pioneers Museum. Those street names exist since first years of Colorado Springs, except Colorado Avenue.
There's a fantastic site of natural sandstone sculpture outside of Colorado Springs. The sculptures have various names - the ones I remember from when I was a child were the Kissing Camels (last photo) and Balanced Rock.
When my mom died, I found that she had a whole collection of antique postcards, including some of the Garden of the Gods.
Fondest memory: The site got it's name in August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods."
The area is now a city park which was deeded to the city by the children of Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad.
A little info about the 7 Falls ....
Seven Falls Statistics
1 mile- length of cañon feet-
41 narrowest part of cañon
181feet- height of total falls steps-
224 in the stairs by falls
1885 first stairs built
Fondest memory: Total of 224 steps right next to the falls. I loved it there. I used almost a whole roll of film there. I went during the day, but I have seen pics of it at night with lights on the falls. They usually have a show at the bottom of the falls.
Adult $8.75 Adult $10.25
Child (6-15) $5.50 Child (6-15) $6.50
Senior $7.75 Senior (after 5pm) $9.25
Military $7.75 Military $9.25
AAA $7.75 AAA $9.25
Favorite thing: Colorado Springs averages just 50 inches of snow per year but in its worst years snowfall can approach 90 inches over the season (as opposed to Buffalo, NY which averages over 100 inches). The unique things about the snow at this high, dry environment are that it can snow throughout 9 months of the year (except June, July, & August) but the dry conditions ensure the snow does not last too long.
Favorite thing: I love this town. Everyone is nice easy to get aroudn in. Lots of things to see and do. If you want to make a vacation of it I would suggest going up to Yellowstone National Park and making it a two stop vacation and well worth the trip. JKR
Favorite thing: Located just outside of town, the air force academy has exhibits on aviation and the air force program. There is also a tour of the Cadet Chapel. The grounds are huge and there are several hiking trails that begin just south of the entrance to the academy.
The nature in Colorado is jaw-dropping! l ived in Colorado Springs for a short while. I loved every minute of it. I loved waking up every morning, opening my curtains and seeing the mountains in the distance.
Fondest memory: Hiking around in the mountains!
Colorado Springs began as one man's dream. When General William Jackson Palmer first saw the scenic attraction of the Pikes Peak region, he immediately knew it was a location which could attract his wealthy European and East Coast friends. The city's first stake was driven in 1871. Colorado Springs became especially popular with the British and acquired the nickname Little London. Riding the rails, visitors came to see the area's beauty and were inspired to stay by a mild climate and the region's growing resort accommodations.
In the 1890s, Colorado Springs found it was surrounded by more than scenic wealth. Gold was discovered in nearby Cripple Creek in 1891, and Colorado Springs found itself a thriving financial center. The golden years lasted until 1917, when the U.S. went to silver for its coinage and the local economy once again emphasized tourism.
The amateur sports segment is one of several service industries expanding in the region. Colorado Springs is home to the headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic Training Center, the world's finest multi-sport training facility. Many other national nonprofit organizations have moved their headquarters to the Pikes Peak region.
Colorado Springs is the largest municipality in El Paso County with an estimated population of 320,000. The city accounts for nearly three-quarters of the county's population of approximately 450,000. The county contains 2,127 square miles, much of it rural agricultural and grazing land to the east of Colorado Springs.