A Climb, View and Statue all in one

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     Have you ever been to the Mother Cabrini Shrine statue before? Do you know what the statue is or why it's there?

     Have you ever been to the Mother Cabrini Shrine statue before? Do you know what the statue is or why it's there?

       The statue is located in Golden, Colorado along US Highway 40 between the Lookout Mountain and Genesee exits of I-70. Mother Frances X. Cabrini was a woman who found property that she bought and turned it into a summer camp for 10 to 20 girls. She lived there with her 2 daughters and now her statue stands where she lived. She lived during the 1900's.

     The statue of Mother Cabrini is 22 feet tall and is mounted on an 11 foot tall base. The statue was carved by an Italian artist after Mother Cabrini died. There are 373 steps to reach the statue. It's quite a hike! There's also a vehicle road for the people who are unable to climb the stairs. At the top, there are stones put there by Mother Cabrini herself. They are preserved under a glass case that people flip coins on so the park can use the money to preserve and protect the wildlife and the statue. When Mother Cabrini had finished putting the rocks up there, she named the mountain "Mount of the Sacred Hearts."

     There is also a stone house and the name is simple, it's "Stone House." The stone house was designed by Thomas Eckrom around 1912. There are mosaics of Jesus by most of the stair path and they are named "the Stations of the Cross." Construction started in 1912 and ended in 1914. The Colorado Historical Society donated over $138,000 to restore the stone house and the park. The park actually has original clothes that Mother Cabrini wore.

     It was a great experience to go see her statue and I think others would also enjoy it so now that you know a little about her you might want to visit her statue. There were a lot of deer around the Shrine to enjoy looking at. For more information, Google Mother Cabrini Shrine.