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

The United States Air Force Academy

 
 
The United States Air Force Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
1. The United States Air Force Academy Marker
Inscription. Directly in front of you is the Academy which is dedicated to producing highly qualified and motivated officers for your U.S. Air Force. Its four year program combines Military and academic instruction and athletic competition. The airfield in the foreground is a focal point for soaring, parachuting and powered flight activities. To your right at the foot of the mountains is the Cadet area where 4,400 men and women Cadets live and study. The Academy welcomes visitors daily from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.
The entrance is Two miles ahead.
 
Erected 1964 by Colorado Highway Department.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 38° 58.424′ N, 104° 48.467′ W. Marker was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker was on the southbound overlook (Interstate 25 at milepost 152), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Colorado Springs CO 80920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named United States Air Force Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); B-52D Stratofortress (approx. 4 miles away); Garden of the Gods Park
The Airstrip image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
2. The Airstrip
Pikes Peak in the backround
(approx. 7 miles away); Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer (approx. 7 miles away); Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (approx. 7 miles away); Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park (approx. 7 miles away); Indian Trail (approx. 8.1 miles away); A Plentiful Harvest (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
More about this marker. Marker was located at the southbound overlook. It was replaced by a multipanel marker in 1998 that is now located at a new overlook 0.4 miles to the north.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year. (Submitted on January 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Great Buildings entry for the Air Force Academy Chapel. "Massed like a phalanx of fighter jets shooting up into the sky..." (Submitted on January 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. A National Park Service entry on the chapel. The Chapel, completed in 1963,
The Famous Academy Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
3. The Famous Academy Chapel
The Architect was Walter Netsch
is the focal point of the Cadet Area. (Submitted on January 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Inside The Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
4. Inside The Chapel
Style: Expressionist Modern
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,401 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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