Move the General Palmer Statue

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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.

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

4 Responses to Move the General Palmer Statue

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

    Charlotte Maier
    August 24, 2007 at 8:50 am

  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.

    August 25, 2007 at 9:21 am

  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.

    Lon Matejczyk
    August 27, 2007 at 9:31 am

  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…).

    June 16, 2008 at 9:08 pm