Photos big part of new GoG book

       A new book makes wide use of historic photos in telling the story of the Garden of the Gods.

The cover of the new book, titled "Garden of the Gods," by Toni Hamill and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, is shown. The book was published through the "Images of America" series.
Courtesy of Manitou Heritage Center

       Titled “Garden of the Gods,” its authors are listed as Toni Hamill and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.
       The 126-page book, with 212 graphics in all, was published by Arcadia Publishing through its “Images of America” series, which encourages authorship telling about “forgotten bygone times and bringing to life the people, places, and events that defined a community,” according to the Arcadia website. The book is available locally and on-line.
       Hamill is a retired teacher and member of the Heritage Center (which is next to the Business of Art Center in Manitou). “After participating in an archaeological dig at the Garden of the Gods, she decided to write her thesis for a master's degree in American studies from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs about the history of the park,” the book's back cover states. “That research was the inspiration for this book.”
       Broken out into six chapters with the informational “thread” continuing in the form of photo captions, the book covers the history of the Garden from the prehistoric formation of its majestic rocks through its thousands of years of human habitation and up to the present day, in which it is a 1,364-acre Colorado Springs City Park with about 1.7 million visitors a year.
       Also in the book are the brief stories (as well as photos) of well-known historic personalities such as Irving Howbert, William Palmer, Buckskin Charlie, Chief Ouray, Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson.
       Many of the graphics were provided from the collection of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). Other sources included the Pikes Peak Library District, Pioneers Museum, UCCS, Colorado College, Denver Public Library and Colorado Historical Society.
       An all-volunteer organization, the Heritage Center seeks to “collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region,” its website states.

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