Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun
The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is a five-story, 100 foot tall tower commemorating the lives of American humorist Will Rogers, and Spencer and Julie Penrose, the couple largely responsible—through philanthropic and business activities—for the development of Colorado Springs. Spencer was a friend of Rogers, who tragically died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. Spencer decided to dedicate and name the tower after Rogers. The tower also serves as a tomb for the Spencers and two of their former friends and colleagues. A visit to the tower provides a spectacular view of the city and surrounding landscape. It is possible to climb to the top of the tower, which reaches over 8,000 feet high. To reach the tower one must drive past the Cheyenne Zoo on the winding road, which was also built by Spencer Penrose.
Backstory and Context
"Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun." Wikipedia. Accessed November 29, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers_Shrine_of_the_Sun.
"Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun." Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society. Accessed November 29, 2016. http://www.cmzoo.org/docs/moreInfo/Will_Rogers_Shrine_of_the_Sun.pdf.