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Hoping For Rain - Garden Of The Gods Colorado
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© Christine Till - CT-Graphics
The red of the rocks in Colorado's 'Garden of the Gods' contrasts sharply with the surrounding greens of the foothills, and the skies above, especially when rain in moving in. The 1,300-acre giant rock garden, composed of spectacular red sandstone formations, was sculpted by rain and wind over millions of years.
Legend has it that pioneers who explored the remarkable sandstone formations in the area in 1859 wanted to establish a beer garden here. However, one Rufus Cable objected: "Beer Garden! Why this is a fit place for a Garden of the Gods!"
Fortunately for posterity, Charles Elliott Perkins (head of the Burlington Railroad) bought the area some 20 years later and kept it in its natural state. Upon Perkins's death in 1907, his heirs gave the remarkable area to Colorado Springs on the condition that it be preserved as a park and open to the public. The park was dedicated in 1909 and is now a Registered National Landmark.
July 12th, 2012
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