The granite monument is located at the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and South Cascade in downtown Colorado Springs and sits next to another marker placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1895. The newly dedicated piece of stone is five feet tall and three feet wide and is inscribed with the history of the city’s founding.
Suthers joked that he is confident the event will be the final ceremony marking the city’s 150th anniversary, some of which was delayed in 2021 by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Local historian Matt Mayberry with the Pioneers Museum called the dedication historic.
“These locations, these historic sites in our community help to create the city that we know and love. They help to ground us in our community’s past and give us direction as we move into the future,” Mayberry said.
A large photograph of the site taken in 1871 was displayed during the ceremony, showing three men standing in a vast open landscape with a few small buildings between them and the hills leading up to Pikes Peak.
“When you look at that image, you really have to understand the vision it took to go from that to where we are right now,” Mayberry said.
Colorado Springs has a population of nearly 507,000, according to data from the city, making it the second-most populous in the state behind Denver. The population has grown dramatically since the 1990s, increasing 69.44 percent from 1992 to the estimated current population
The project was funded by a nonprofit organization called the Pikes Peak Club with the inscription done by the owner of a local monument company, Dick Wilhelm.