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Gazette Premium Content Ramblin' Man: I asked for border-sign photos, and readers sent them

By Garrison Wells Updated: March 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Colorado Springs is a well-traveled bunch.

Last week, I asked readers to send me their border-sign photos. Several folks sent in pictures of signs, and there they are in the photos, standing next to the signs.

Priceless photos for the memories they stir. Time frozen for an instant, and, well, you sure know where they are.

Find the reader photo gallery here.

Some took the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, flanked as it was by road signs of the past.

Said Scott DeWalt, who sent in a Colorado border sign, it wasn't the photo, it was the sentiment.

"After making the drive back and forth through Raton Pass over 100 times to visit family in Santa Fe and attend grad school, this sign had always meant that I was leaving something. In December of 2012, it meant that I was soon to meet the love of my life and a colorful wonderful life it has indeed been. Thanks for the reminder. I got to go through all of our wonderful pictures to dig this up."

Scott and Rebecca Williams of Gunnison sent two, one entering Colorado and one leaving.

"Here's entering and leaving Colorado in 1985," Scott said, "with my then girlfriend and now longtime wife. These were on Highway 94 coming from Lawrence, Kan., where we lived, taking our annual summer vacation away from college. We both hated Kansas so much -- I was born and raised in Denver -- that we'd be ecstatic when we'd see the sign entering the state each year and we'd literally both shed tears as the sign receded in our rear-view mirror."

W. Steever Price, Jr. was stationed at U-Tapao Royal Thai Naval Base when he took his photo in 1972.

"The interesting sidelight is that when I was assigned to USAF Academy in late 1990, I arrived through the North Gate and was stunned to see a B-52 D (Tail Number 0083) as I drove up from the gate. It was one of many I worked on during my years at U-Tapao. Of course, then it didn't have the fancy nose art, nor the bombs symbols below the window. The peace sign given (in the photo) was the height of irony, since Strategic Air Command's motto was "Peace is our profession."

Joe Thompson sent in a pair also.

One was taken in November 1944. It's a picture that his father took of his buddy, SSgt. John Billick "as Company A of the 75th Armored Medical Battalion crossed into Germany near Rotgen in support of the 5th Armored Division, a unit of which was the first of all Allied troops to enter Germany during World War II."

Joe's second photo is of himself, "standing triumphantly at the summit of Tin Cup Pass after hiking up from St. Elmo and before descending the Pacific side of the Continental Divide to Tin Cup, Colo. Aug 26, 1978."

And then there's a picture of Fergus, a border collie mix, sent from Doris Stanford.

The photo is of her husband, Bill, and Fergus.

"We travel a lot, and I have border-crossing signs for probably every one of the "lower 48" states. But they've all been taken as 'drive-by shooting' rather than stopping and getting pictures with one or more family members alongside the sign. This one was different. We were traveling in Minnesota in the fall of 2010, enjoying the fall-color display; and we actually drove several miles out of our way so that I could get a picture of Fergus by the Fergus Falls sign."

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