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Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Garden of the Gods Park

 
 
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By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. Garden of the Gods Park Marker
Inscription.  The beauty of Garden of the Gods Park, with its dramatic red rock formations framing Pikes Peak, serves as a magnificent eastern gateway to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The park’s towering red sandstone rocks have long been recognized as a landmark. American Indian people often gathered to stay in the shadow of the red rocks and to enjoy the abundance of plants and wildlife. Early European explorers, miners, and settlers also reveled in the beauty of what we now know as Garden of the Gods Park.

In the early 1900s, Charles Elliot Perkins declared his wish to his children that the Garden of the Gods be given to the citizens of Colorado Springs and that the Park should remain “forever free to all the people of the world.” One hundred years later, his act of goodwill has fostered generations of local citizens and international visitors who appreciate its beauty and natural and cultural resources. The grand vision of Colorado Springs’ Founder William Jackson Palmer was to create an environment of parks and open spaces that would enrich the lives of all those who visited. Both Palmer’s grand vision and Charles Elliot Perkins’s dream are realized in Garden of the Gods Park. In 1972, Garden of the Gods was designated a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

In 2009, the City of Colorado Springs will

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By Charles T. Harrell
2. The Prospector
Located approximately 2 miles south on U.S. Highway 24:
The Prospector
This sculpture is presented for the Benefit for the people of the Pikes Peak Region to honor the past, present and future prospectors and perpetuate our western heritage and tradition. Inspired by George W. Fisher, Prospector
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mark 100 years of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the invaluable natural and cultural resources of our locally-treasured, nationally-significant and internationally known City Park. This Centennial Celebration will also provide an opportunity for today’s citizens to renew their dedication to protect the distinctive features of Garden of the Gods Park and to support the stewardship of public lands for future generation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the National Natural Landmarks series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1972.
 
Location. 38° 52.634′ N, 104° 52.288′ W. Marker is in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is on Gateway Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the main entrance to the Garden of the Gods Park across the street from its main visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colorado Springs CO 80904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer (here, next to this marker); Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); O Beautiful For Spacious Skies... (about 600 feet away); The Garden of the Gods (approx. half a mile away); A Priceless Gift (approx. half a
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By Charles T. Harrell
3. The Prospector
mile away); Time Frozen In Stone (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
The Prospector image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell
4. The Prospector
Hero of the Colorado Mountains
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,080 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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