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Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor, by Joyce B. Lohse

Posted on April 25, 2016 | in NEW BOOKS | by

Spencer-Penrose-Builder-and-BenefactorJoyce B. Lohse’s seventh Colorado biography covers the larger-than-life story of Spencer Penrose—mining magnate, developer, philanthropist, and so much more in the Pikes Peak Region. With his wealth, Penrose dreamed and built and enjoyed life with his wife, Julie. Among his projects was an automobile road to the summit of Pikes Peak, a rodeo arena, polo grounds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, and The Broadmoor Hotel. From his wealth came the El Pomar Foundation that for almost eighty years, has benefitted non-profit organizations and individuals in Colorado. The El Pomar Foundation’s mission — to enhance, encourage, and promote the well-being of the people of Colorado—reflects the values and intentions of Spencer and Julie Penrose. Penrose’s legacy is seen in buildings and institutions throughout El Paso County and his generosity as is felt today throughout Colorado. Penrose’s life story is compelling, and Joyce Lohse has told it well.

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