I am calling to move the statue of General Palmer out of the middle of the intersection of Platte and Nevada.

There is a perfectly good park (Acacia Park) only a few yards away. Sure, there is probably some historic significance about having him in the line of sight of Pikes Peak, but come on, this is 2007, and he is a traffic hazard.

According to the 2007 Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Book of Lists on page 12 the E. Platte/N. Nevada intersection is ranked the fourth most dangerous intersection in Colorado Springs.

The statue was formally dedicated in Sept. 2, 1929 and was paid for locally raised money. And I say good for our ancestors for doing this. However, horse drawn wagons or maybe the Model T was doing the navigating around the statue at that time, not semis, SUV’s and the occasional bad driver in a Subaru.

Many of our staff avoid the intersection as much as possible.

Sure, I am all about our heritage and General Palmer’s vision for our great city but I think the Palmer Statue would be just fine somewhere else, like America The Beautiful Park.

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Any other place would make more sense than where it is now.

4 COMMENTS

  1. …”bad drive in a Subaru”…I resent that. Leave the statue. It’s part of our history. Deal with it.

  2. fire bombing Dresden is also part of our history which no one seems to mind erasing.

    a mistake is a mistake and people get hurt at the statue. people could get killed. killed.

    we need to correct a mistake, and move it to a better location. surely there’s more honor in a park than an intersection.

  3. I agree with anonymous. Shouldn’t public safety come before some old out-dated tradition?

    A Subaru in front of me this morning was doing 1/2 the speed limit on I25…in the passing lane.

  4. The statue is probably covering the entrance to an ancient underground indian temple, the likes unseen since that one Indiana Jones movie… I say move it! We could be sitting on a tourist goldmine (sure a few out of towners’ could get mowed down in the traffic of that intersection, but hey…).

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