Christ the King - Grant, CO, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 26.925 W 105° 38.016
13S E 445483 N 4366768
This 55-foot (16.76 m) tall statue of Christ the King is found on the property of the YMCA Santa Maria just outside of Bailey, Colorado, USA.
Waymark Code: WMFF4J
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 10/09/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
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This huge Christ the King statue was erected in 1933 as a gift from the Dower family. Since the statue is on private property, the above coordinates are of a pull-off area when the statue may be easily photographed. You may find a video if the statue at (visit link) (Note: this is not my video). Information about the camp may be found at (visit link) .

"Another Catholic summer camp originated with the old resort of Cassells on the South Platte River. The resort had been launched as a stop along the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad by David N. Cassells, the agent there, in the 1880s. In 1930, J.K. Mullen's son-in-law, John L. Dower, and his wife, purchased the place, located 8.3 miles west of Bailey, from Cassells estate and gave it to Catholic Charities as a summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls between the ages of eight and fifteen. By 1931, the freshly rechristened Camp Santa Maria was offering three-week summer sessions, during which youngsters slept in the old Cassells hotel.

The landmark atop the hill behind the camp, a fifty-five-foot statue of Christ the King donated in 1933 by the Dowers, is supposedly second in height only to the famous statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although the old hotel and Cassells-Dower summer house have been demolished, Camp Santa Maria still delights young summer visitors to this mountain retreat along the upper South Platte River. Since the 1950s, the Mary Mullen Dower Benevolent Corporation has leased Camp Santa Maria to Catholic Community Services, which offers not only children's summer camping but also retreats and autumn camping for senior citizens. " by Thomas J. Noel (from (visit link) )

"Christ the King is a title of Jesus based on several passages of Scripture. It is used by most Christians. The Roman Catholic Church, together with many Protestant denominations, including the Anglicans, Presbyterians, Lutherans and Methodists, celebrate the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year (before a new year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, the earliest date of which is 27 November). The Feast of Christ the King is thus on the Sunday that falls between 20 and 26 November, inclusive. Originally, the liturgical calendar had this feast on the last Sunday of October prior to All Saints' Day, where it is still celebrated in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. The title "Christ the King" is also frequently used as a name for churches, schools, seminaries, hospitals and religious institutes." (from (visit link) )
Associated Religion(s): Christian

Statue Location: Santa Maria YMC Camp

Entrance Fee: none

Artist: Unknown

Website: Not listed

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Take a picture of the statue. A waymarker and/or GPSr is not required to be in the image but it doesn't hurt.
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