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The Musical Legacy of Spencer Penrose and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

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Jeff Bieri and Jake Brownell, KRCC 

If you’ve spent any time in the Broadmoor neighborhood of Colorado Springs, you’ve probably heard a chorus of musical chimes float down Cheyenne Mountain to the valley below.

Three times a day, a suite of classical standards and old pop songs ring out over the Broadmoor from a source high above on Cheyenne Mountain - The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. It’s a strange thing. 10 am, noon, and 5 pm, everyday, 10 minutes of music wafting over the city. We wanted to learn a bit more about the story behind the music, so we took a little trip up Cheyenne mountain for the latest episode of Air Check.

Kevin Wynn is the curator of the Will Rogers Shrine, which is owned and operated by the El Pomar Foundation.

"We’re standing approximately 8,000 feet above Colorado Springs. We’re at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, commissioned in 1934, dedicated in 1937 to Will Rogers," Wynn explains.

The Shrine was built by Spencer Penrose, the mining tycoon behind the Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Pikes Peak Highway, and many other Colorado Springs landmarks. Its namesake, Will Rogers, was a popular American actor, vaudevillian, and writer who died tragically in a plane crash in 1935.

Read the full article or listen to the feature here