Naming the "Garden of the Gods" (1859)

by LaDonna Gunn


Around August 13, 1859, a day or so after M. S. Beach and Rufus E. Cable staked the town site of Colorado City, the two men were exploring the area. While wandering through the astonishing rock formations, Beach commented that the spot "would be a capital place for a beer garden, when the country grew up." But, Cable became upset at Beach's conjecture and stated, "Beer Garden! Why, it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble, and we will call it 'The Garden of the Gods.'"