Garden of the Gods a feature in recent CSPAN 'Cities Tour' video about the Springs
The program interviews local historians/officials in various cities about the features and highlights in their locales.
For Colorado Springs, the nearly one-hour edited version includes a 7-minute, 48-second segment on the Garden of the Gods. The interviewees were Nancy Lewis, former director of Colorado Springs Parks; and Melissa Walker, an area naturalist and director of the volunteer Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG).
Another segment (9 minutes, 30 seconds), interviewing Leah Davis Witherow of the Pioneers Museum about Colorado Springs founder General William Palmer, briefly addresses Glen Eyrie, the estate that he built for himself and his family in Queen's Canyon, north of the Garden of the Gods.
Asked how she felt about the finished product, Walker said she was “very pleased, and so was Nancy Lewis. C-SPAN captured some gorgeous new video footage of the Garden and did their homework in consulting with the Pioneers Museum to find the historic photos. It was fun to spend a morning with the C-SPAN videographer/reporter who had never been to Colorado Springs before and was awed by the beauty of the Garden and Pikes Peak!"
In her interview, Walker includes the assertion from the late Dr. Richard Beidleman, a long-time Colorado College professor and naturalist, that the Garden represents "perhaps the most striking contrast between mountains and plains in all of North America."
Westside historians could be disappointed about one aspect of the C-SPAN presentation as a whole - that it contains no specific mention of Colorado City's founding, 10 years before Palmer's arrival.
The show can still be viewed on the C-SPAN website. Click any of the following links to open the described video's page:
- Garden of the Gods segment.
- General Palmer segment.
- Entire Colorado Springs presentation.
Westside Pioneer/press release