Colorado Springs was founded by General William Jackson Palmer in 1871. Charles Elliot Perkins purchased the Garden of the Gods in 1879. He opened the Garden of the Gods to the public so all could enjoy. At his death in 1907 he deeded the land to the City of Colorado Springs with the stipulation that it be a city park and be free to the public. The park officially opened in 1909. This gallery celebrates the Garden of the Gods 100th year as a city park on October 17, 2009. four of the black & white photos in this gallery were from a book my grandfather, Arthur C. Niedermiller had. The book is (Our Own Country A Complete Picturesque America) by James Cox published about 1894. I hope you enjoy these photos of the Garden.