Kate and I were beginning the long drive home from Alamosa, Colorado. Driving along US 160, east of Walsenburg, Colorado, we passed this display. I realized I had to give the camera some exercise, so I turned around and climbed up to the shrine.
From a couple of pages that I found on the web, and they appear to simply be repeating each other, this is a shrine to some nuns who were killed nearby in a traffic accident. This is the stuff of urban legends, so don't use this post as a reason to use the same explanation yourself. I never did find what I would call an authoritative or original source. But then I didn't look very hard.
People leave all kinds of tokens here. There are the obvious statues, rosaries, religious metals, coins, etc. Then there are can openers, socks and Santa Claus figures. We ourselves felt the need to leave something. See below.
August 15, 2012
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