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Pioneer Monument Fountain

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1911, Frederick MacMonnies. Northwest corner of Colfax Ave. and Broadway

Public uproar about honoring “raping, pillaging, lazy, sneaky, dirty redskins” forced Frederick MacMonnies to replace his original heroic Native American figure with one of Kit Carson atop this monument on a triangular site along the north edge of Civic Center. Carson, on horseback, dominates bronze figures of a prospector, a hunter, and a rifle-toting pioneer mother with her infant. The hexagonal granite base also supports a fountain flowing into a pool at the base of the statuary. The monument was restored in 1983.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Pioneer Monument Fountain", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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