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Spencer Penrose came West in the late 1880s and made a fortune in gold and silver mining, establishing himself as one of Colorado’s most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs. He married Julie Villiers Lewis in 1906 and together the couple made their mark on Colorado through landmarks such as the Broadmoor Hotel and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.
The Pike's Peak Library District's mission is to "seek, engage, and transform," by providing resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Serving the Colorado Springs area, their collection holds many resources related to Penroses, including promotional films produced by Spencer Penrose himself.
Many of the photographs and images appearing in Colorado Experience were provided by the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department. Their renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents that chronicle the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.
As the designated steward of Colorado history, History Colorado aspires to engage people in our state's heritage through collecting, preserving, and discovering the past in order to educate and provide perspectives for the future.
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