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

Garden of the Gods Park

 
 
Garden of the Gods Park Marker image. Click for full size.
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 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

The Prospector image. Click for full size.
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
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the National Natural Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.634′ N, 104° 52.288′ W. Marker is near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is on Gateway Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the main entrance to the Garden of the Gods Park across the street from its main visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Colorado Springs CO 80904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer (here, next to this marker); Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park (approx. half a mile away); Indian Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Amazing Balanced Rock (approx. 1.6 miles away); Goerke & Son Photography (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Plentiful Harvest (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Fort and Stockade (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Garden of the Gods website. (Submitted on August 15, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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The Prospector image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell
3. The Prospector
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 87 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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