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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - July 1, 1986, Colorado Springs, Colorado Vol. 17, no. 4 Colorado territory Price $1.00 j. J Mies local history Ppd to Box 1579 Colorado Springs co 80901colorado prospector. Colorado history from Early Day newspapers wondrous Carden of the cod abode of the ancient Tappan tells his Story them with a Strong Jackknife. The wearing of the Sand and wind and water against these Stormy surfaces carved them into All sorts of wild and funny shapes. Ages and Ages passed away probably before these grotesque scriptures looked As they do now. Here and there among the Trees Rise up fantastic shapes like Spires towers and steeples. Some of the fanciful names Given these Are a a Montezuma a Cathedral a Cleopatra a Needle a a Washington Monument a a the Cathedral Spires a and a Needle but of course the half human looking objects that gave a name to this curious Garden Are most Likely to attract attention. The names by which they Are known Are As fantastic As the shapes themselves. One a figure of a woman draped and standing mournfully alone has Many names. It is called a the mourning Bride a a the widow a a the old maid a and by other titles any one of which May happen to stick to the pathetic figure that might be called a a lot a wife Only that it is a pillar of Stone instead of Salt. Then there is a huge water worn Bowlder that looks for All the world like a Gigantic Frog in the act of getting ready to jump. You get tired looking at this Stony Frog. He seems just about to leap but he never does. He has been in that position for we done to know How Many Hundred years and he has not jumped yet. On one part of the Wall where the White Sandstone is mixed with red is a Gigantic head of a Buffalo. There it rests a horns ears nostrils and All a glowering Down at you just As if it were a petrified Mammoth buffaloes head stuck up there As a trophy As the head and Antlers of Deer Are sometimes Hung june 13,1870 or. Lewis n. Tappan Well known to our citizens in a letter to the Boston watchman and reflector gives the following interesting account of a the Garden of the gods a and the Way in which it received its name the wonderful scenery of the Garden of the gods and Camp Creek with their towering Cathedral rocks of varied hues the natural monuments and natures gallery and statuary have so often been pictured that i will not re de scribe them but allude to the fact that or. Cyrus w. Field of telegraphic Fame and some gentlemen from St. Louis have recently purchased land for summer residences in this Region. It May be a matter of interest to know Why or How this locality derived its name. In August 1859, the writer in company with three other gentlemen left Denver City to select a Tow site near the base of pikes Peak. The present site of Colorado City was selected As an appropriate place being under the shadows of pikes Peak at the Mouth of Ute pass a natural Roadway through the Mountain Range to the South Park two Miles from the soda Springs and one mile from the Garden of the gods. After locating the town site we went out to explore the a suburbs of the we chased a Large Wolf Over the town site and shot an Antelope about half a mile to the East. On proceeding to the North of the town about one mile we found ourselves among the monuments and towering rocks above described. Standing among them filled with Awe and admiration the silence was broken by or. Cable exclaiming a wonderful a fit Garden of the or. Beach replied a Good let us Christian it a the Garden of the a a amen a was the Earnest response of the writer and up to the present time and probably so Long and the world stands it will be known by that appellation. Photographs and paintings have frequently been made of that Beautiful locality but All seem tame and unmeaning compared with the great original. The Sublime grandeur of the Garden of the gods May be in a Small degree appreciated by the following incident or. L., Secretary of one of tile largest and most popular insurance companies of new York was once conducted to this spot by general Tan Nat. After gazing about him a few moments a with nothing to interrupt the Sublime stillness which naturally pervades the scene of such wonderful works direct from the hand of the supreme architect of the universe a his eyes filled with tears and he exclaimed a excuse this apparent weakness i am quite overpowered by this awful grandeur and Sublimity of this scene. My heart is full of gratitude for having been permitted to see the Rocky Mountain news. Pioneers museum Colorado Springs. Sight seeing bus in the Garden of the gods 1909 dec. 12, 1874 if Ever there was a place on Earth where the gods of the greeks and romans May be supposed to have lived and had a Good time that place must have been in Colorado. Near the foot of the famous Mountain known As pikes Peak lies the a Garden of the it is a Small Valley just on the Edge of the Rocky mountains and is completely surrounded by a High perpendicular Wall of White Sand. There Are two entrances through this wonderful Wall one of them a the larger a is called a the Beautiful it is a narrow Gap in a mass of Rock More than one Hundred feet High. As you enter you look Over a Valley fenced in All on sides with White Sandstone and nearly opposite at the top of a Hill is another smaller Gateway half concealed by a huge Rock about the size of an Ordinary cottage. This mass of Rock is so balanced on the Edge of the slope that it looks As if. It might jump off and go thundering Down the Hill while you look at it. The Garden of the gods abounds with Beautiful Trees end foliage and towering amidst this loveliness Are some of the most extraordinary queer and fantastic shapes Ever made out of Rock. Ages ago when this part of the world was in a state of terrible commotion vast layers of Rock were forced up out of the Earth in All sorts of positions. Learned men say that was the Way these layers of Sandstone which once were Flat got up edgewise and in All other ways. We must take their word for it. There was nobody there to see. Trees and shrubs after a time grew up around and the disturbed Earth had peace. Then came the Mountain winds and the Long autumn Rains. The wind blew the Sand against the rocks which Are so soft that you could dig holes in Colorado historical society. Within the Gates of the Garden of the gods rocks which Tower to lofty Heights were once horizontal sediments deposited More than 200 million years ago by an Inland Ocean. The tremendous geological pressures and upheavals which formed pikes Peak and the Foothills broke and thrust the horizontal sedimentary Rock layers upward. Weathering processes eroded the upturned layers creating the unusual Stone formations. Photo by we. H. Jackson Ca. 1880s. Up a trophies of the Chase. Another singular group is a the nun and the you will have difficulty in making out this picture and As the Seal is peering Over the Rock at the nun who seems to have been at prayer this group is sometimes called a interrupted it might be called a the height of impudence. A it is about fifty feet High. The Rocky Mountain Herald. Jun. 19, 1875 or. . Chambers has just finished his handsome Stone residence near the Garden of the gods and has opened a boarding House. Already he has quite a number of guests for the season and we understand they Are delighted with the location. The Colorado Springs Gazette and Elpaso county news. Aug. 7,1879 the Garden of the gods has been purchased by or. Charles e. Perkins of Burlington Iowa for $4,000. It will be continued As a Park for the people. A the Rocky Mountain news. Sep. 22, 1883 after visiting Manitou the Garden of the gods Colorado College and several other places of interest Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and wife and judge Pond left for the East on the Thunderbolt last night. Or. Beecher pronounces this the most attractive place he has seen in All the Rocky Mountain Region and says that he is exceedingly Well pleased with the reception Given him. The Colorado Springs weekly Gazette. Mar. 9,1886 a Bill was offered in the House yesterday to make a Public Park of the Garden of the gods. Its object to protect from spoliation one of natures most wonderful and Beautiful works is a audible one but As the Garden is private property it seems to be beyond the Power of the government. The Colorado Springs daily Gazette

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