‘30th Street Legacy’ for Gen. Palmer
The public is invited to join a free, three-locale celebration of Colorado Springs founder William Palmer's 173rd birthday Saturday, Sept. 12.
Glen Eyrie, 3820 N. 30th St.; Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St.; and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, off Gateway Road at 30th, are joining for what they're calling “General Palmer's 30th Street Legacy Event.”
Activities will begin with a 10 a.m. lecture at Glen Eyrie - Palmer's personally designed mansion (now owned by the Navigators Christian organization), followed by a guided tour of the house. After that, people can go on a guided tour of the historic Orchard House - which Palmer had built for a family member and her husband in 1907 - at Rock Ledge Ranch. At 11:30 a.m., the Legacy Event will conclude at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, with a showing of its movie and offerings of a Palmer birthday cake.
Susan Fletcher, the Glen Eyrie historian, will give the Glen Eyrie lecture, which will address Palmer's influence on what is now the 30th Street corridor. She noted that although Glen Eyrie is not a public property, its ownership is aware that the former Palmer residence “is a very important place in Colorado Springs that's been underutilized as a historic site.”
She added that on a regular basis, people are welcome to hike the trails at Glen Eyrie, but they need to make a reservation in advance (at 634-0808).
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