GUEST COLUMN:
New fund replaces stolen GoG plaque
By Janis Heuberger

       Seventy-three years ago, the City of Colorado Springs gave Everard Spencer Keithley a plaque to commemorate his efforts in building Rampart Range Road. The bronze marker had been displayed in the Garden of the Gods until recently, when it was stolen.

Using funds from the new Heritage Fund, the Keithley plaque at the Garden of the Gods will be replaced with one that's believed to be theft-proof.
Courtesy of Janis Heuberger

       Sadly, in recent months, many plaques have gone “missing” or have been pried from their monuments to be sold as scrap. Thieves have targeted our history, our heritage and our commemoration of events past.
       In an attempt to right these wrongs and to preserve our heritage, Buddy Gilmore and a group of private citizens have founded the Heritage Fund to serve as conduit between the public and sites in need of memorial restoration, starting with the Rampart Range Road plaque in Garden of the Gods. The facebook page, “Colorado Springs,” which showcases historical photos of our area, allowed us all to hook up to address this matter of replacing the stolen plaque.
       The Pikes Peak Community Foundation has graciously brought this project under its umbrella so your contribution is tax-deductible - but most of all you will be giving a gift so future generations can remember our heritage and seekers of history can find truth.
       Join Buddy Gilmore and the Heritage Fund to help us restore what was lost and celebrate the heritage of our proud community.
       Donations can be sent to the following address:
       Pikes Peak Community Foundation - Heritage Fund
       730 N. Nevada Ave.
       Colorado Springs, CO 80903
       The new Keithley plaque will be identical to the bronze original. It will be mounted with a long anchor rod and bolts by Rocky Mountain Memorial, which has guaranteed it to be theft-proof.

Heuberger is an area real estate broker and community volunteer.