Colorado Springs, CO
The Beautiful Gate
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The following are short excerpts from the wonderful book "Marvels of the New West," written by William Makepeace Thayer (1820 - 1898) and published in 1890:
The "Garden" is five miles from Colorado Springs, and about seventy-five miles from Denver. It is reached from the springs by what is known as Mesa road. For a mile or more the road ascends the high tableland, when for three miles it crosses the almost level summit, from which the "Beautiful Gate" of the "Garden" is seen, and then descends ten or fifteen hundred feet into Camp Creek Valley. One mile further, along a lovely stream, and the tourist finds himself in front of the gate.
It is not a gate of human workmanship. There is an air of the artificial about it, because the massive portals seem to have been carved; but the workmanship is all divine. The plan, too, is divine. The pillars of the gate, on either side, composed of red sandstone, are three hundred and eighty feet high, - too high for any one but the Great Architect to think of rearing.
Entering the portals, with Pike's Peak looming up in front, and objects of the strangest and most fantastic forms appearing on every hand, the thoughtful visitor is disposed to uncover his head as if in the presence of the Wise Builder of this natural amphitheatre.
Garden of the Gods Park
February 8th, 2014
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