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Taylor's Acre Barn, Colorado Springs | by Lori Greig
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Taylor's Acre Barn, Colorado Springs

In the early 1970s, Dessie Taylor found out she had a brain tumor and was given six months to live. When surgery was a success and she made it to the Fourth of July in 1972, the family threw a big party and painted a flag along with "We are proud to be Americans" on the barn wall that faces the road.

 

"Little did I know we'd still be doing it all these years later," Cecil Taylor said.

 

The small sign at the entry gate declares: "Taylor's Acre." It's a tiny farm - complete with roosters and a donkey named Applejuice - smack against Fillmore and sandwiched between a huge medical campus to the east and a string of fast-food restaurants, pawn shops and strip malls to the west.

 

Another sign says: "No Trespassing."

 

Another: "Absolutely no city inspectors."

 

And finally: "No Bibles."

 

For nearly four decades the family has dreamed up a theme each summer and repainted the barn.

 

The donkey’s barn had been painted with special sayings for 40 years and now Applejuice’s old home has one final, poignant sign painted on the east side of the barn.

 

The latest is a farewell to his owners Dessie Taylor, who died Sept. 1, and her sweetheart, C. Robert “C. Bob” Taylor who died in 1996. They had been married 56 years and there is a tip of the hat to them: “Happy Trails, Dessie and C. Bob.”

 

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Taken on December 2, 2009