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July 16:  Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun
16-JUL-2005 Robin Reid

July 16: Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Colorado Springs, CO

Okay, how many of you have ever heard of Will Rogers, please raise your hands? Aha, just as I thought --- most of you! Now how many of you know there is a Shrine to him on the side of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs? Raise your hands again! Yup, just as I suspected, very few of you.

To further inform you, I visited the **Shrine ** this morning and this is a picture of it. However Will Rogers is not buried there, Spencer Penrose and his wife (the creator of the Shrine to his friend Will) are entombed in the chapel

If you want to visit Will's birthplace and burial site you have drive 700 miles east to Claremore, OK. For what's its worth Claremore was the location of the musical "Oklahoma" and it is bisected by Route 66 (where you can still get your kicks!)

The Shrine, dedicated by Penrose about 3 months after my birth in 1937, is located 8,134 feet (2468 m.) up the side of Cheyenne Mountain and thus about 2000 feet (610 m.) above Colorado Springs. Most folks know about Cheyenne Mountain because the North American Air Defense Command is carved into the side of the solid granite mountain.

Enough of all this. Do be sure to **click here** to see a long view of the Cheyenne Mountain with the location of the Shrine identified with an arrow.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
1/320s f/11.0 at 17.0mm iso200 full exif

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Bob 08-Jul-2009 23:12
The photo brought back memories of a visit in the summer of 1954. How good it feels to see it once again! Thanks! Bob
snootydog19-Jul-2005 14:07
I am wondering if you could do me a favor please, Robin... when I die could you perhaps build a shrine for me and my remains that is this grand? You can build the shrine and then drive 700 miles in a direction of your choosing and you can pitch my remains out your car window. I would be most happy if a century from now some hapless padder is photographing my shrine and telling the story of how a fellow padder built the shrine of ol' snôôtydog and then tossed her ashes willy nilly in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps my shrine could look like a magnificent doghouse? Perhaps too my shrine would be a safehouse for all the world weary canines out there who need to get away from their relentless owners and operators?

Okay, well, I fear I have digressed too far here. Nice photo, and thanks for sparking the fantasy.
Karen Leaf18-Jul-2005 02:50
It looks like a Cinderella castle. Good bit of history Robin.
Stu17-Jul-2005 09:18
So you do have castles in the States!
Sunny17-Jul-2005 05:14
Wow, that`s an amazing shrine! You learn something new everyday!
Brian McAllister17-Jul-2005 04:05
Intersting structure and thanks for the background information as well. Nicely shot and presented!
Pepe Zyman17-Jul-2005 03:40
We are traveling and learning for free! Thank you Robin.
Elaine (etfitz)17-Jul-2005 02:59
Neat! I didn't know there was a shrine!
Di17-Jul-2005 02:44
Oh, oh! I knew there was a shrine! I knew! Now what do I get?
Breland17-Jul-2005 00:51
Good shot Robin.
bandito17-Jul-2005 00:36
Will Rogers is definitely in there as important folklore - thanks! Pretty imposing structure.
Herb Knufken16-Jul-2005 23:52
I am so glad you shared this, another bit of knowledge stored away.
Gary Winters16-Jul-2005 23:24
I thought perhaps this was Danny's house. Nice monument!
Coleen Perilloux Landry16-Jul-2005 23:14
Nice monument. There is a live oak in California registered as the "Will Rogers Oak".
Gayle P. Clement16-Jul-2005 20:36
An amazing structure.
petesie16-Jul-2005 20:05
I'll be sure to put that in my memory bank and plan on a visit one day...thanks, Robin. You are right, I did not raise my hand on the second question.
laine8216-Jul-2005 19:56
What was the line he was famous for, " I never met a man I didn't like. "
JW16-Jul-2005 19:56
Crazy! What an amazing location. That's about twice as high as the highest point in UK!
Thanks for this piece of Western history.