Simpson's Rest

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This is an article I wrote for the Chronicle News in Trinidad, CO a few years ago.

Submitted: June 18, 2008

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From anywhere in town, you can see the famous Trinidad sign atop Simpson’s Rest. The City of Trinidad web site (www.historictrinidad.com) touts the view overlooking the city. The view, once you get to the top, is spectacular if you manage to ignore the graffiti covering the sandstone along County Road 69.1, the broken bottle shards and trash littering the ground around the broken monument.

 According to Public Works Director, Michael Valentine, the city has ear-marked $5000.00 from the Capital Improvements Budget to start clean up on the graffiti around Simpson’s Rest. City of Trinidad employees will be cleaning up graffiti using water or sand blasting but it is not known whether the $5000.00 budget will be enough to remove all of the paint. When asked about repairs to the monument, Mr. Valentine indicated he was unaware of any damage to the monument but would investigate the matter. The city had previously removed the informational plaques to prevent future damage to them. The city also utilizes Department of Corrections outside work crews to pick up litter but cannot seem to keep up with it.

The city had an agreement with neighbors at the bottom of the road to shut the gate at night. When questioned about the agreement a member of the city staff thought it was still in force. The Las Animas County Sheriff’s office stated they lock the gate at sunset and open the gate around 7 a.m. Once the gate is locked, no one patrols or monitors Simpson’s Rest, allowing anyone to scale the cliffs and do whatever they please. 


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