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The End of an Era

George Lundeen
2001

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Description

Bronze sculpture of a skiing man in the 1960s, using wooden skis, bamboo poles, and wool clothing.

Signature

G.W. Lundeen / Loveland, Colorado

Information Sign

THE END OF AN ERA - CIRCA 1960
this sculpture is a gift
to the citizens of colorado springs from
lieutenant colonel chandler w. and melitta e. bergen,
the monument recognizes a century of skiing in
colorado and honors those who pioneered
the sport. dedicated a.d. 2001
GEORGE W. LUNDEEN, SCULPTOR

A Brief Outline of Colorado Skiing

The first documented use of skis in Colorado occurred in a snow-
bound mining camp during the winter of 1859 - 1860 near present-
day Breckenridge. Ten men left in camp made skis and traveled down-
valley where they built a cabin and claimed a town site called
Eldorado West. By 1911, Norwegian-born Carl Howelson introduced
ski jumping in Colorado. Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs bears
his name. Skiing grew gradually, spurred in part by the 1932 Winter
Olympics held at Lake Placid, New York. By World War II, civilians
convinced the War Department that mountain troops were essential to
pursuing the global conflict. This effort resulted in the establishment
of the elite 10th Mountain Division. The mountain troopers trained at
Camp Hale, near Leadville, Colorado. The division became famous
when it defeated German forces in decisive battles in the Apennine
Mountains of northern Italy. Once back in civilian life, many of the
former ski troopers bacame instrumental in the expansion of the
sport. Today, Colorado's ski resorts are leaders in the international ski
industry.

Sculptor

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Locatie (N 38°49'48" - W 104°49'23")

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