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