Formation in the Garden of the Gods, a public park -- but also an international tourist attraction -- packed with red-rock formations (created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The area was first called Red Rock Corral. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City (the original name for what is now Colorado Springs) explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden". His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods. Photo by Carol Highsmith.
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