A Family of Mustachioed Men

This is the third in a series of Memorial Day posts recognizing some of the historic figures memorialized through sculpture in downtown Colorado Springs. See the first post here, and the second post here.

This guy had a great mustache. And from the look of things, he came by his facial hair naturally, bred in a family of mustachioed men.

Spencer “Spec” Penrose (1865-1939) didn’t arrive on the scene in Colorado Springs until 1891, but he made a splash when he showed up.  Penrose built the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and had his hand in many other local landmarks as well.

You can see Penrose’s fingerprints throughout our modern-day Colorado Springs–the Fine Arts Center (formerly Broadmoor Art Academy, Penrose Hospital, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the World Arena, and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, all were helped by Spec and his wife Julie.

So, thank you Spencer. And, if I may respectfully say so, nice ‘stache.



Pikes Peak Library District, Special Collections, Online Photograph Archives.


6 thoughts on “A Family of Mustachioed Men

  1. You have a very awesome blog! I love reading about the history of old buildings in my home. i can’t wait to read more! And yeah, Spencer did have an awesome ‘stache!

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