The Mountain Index is a bronze structure engraved with prominent peaks and landmarks visible from Cheesman Park in Denver, where it used to stand in the Pavilion. It is approximately 36 x 20 inches. The artifact was designed by Professor Ellsworth Bethel of East Denver High School and James Grafton Rogers, the president of the Colorado Mountain Club. The index was created and engraved by Paul Weiss, a CMC member. It was originally mounted atop a marble column at the Pavilion in Cheesman Park in 1913. It was removed in the late 1960s or 70s, probably due to age, wear and vandalism.
Mountains have played a key role in the history and settlement of Colorado. It was the mountains that yielded the precious metals that so many sought and today it is the mountains that provide an arena for recreation. The Mountain Index shows how the Denver skyline has changed.
This artifact is significant because not only does it show an early view of the mountain skyline from Denver, but it also shows the importance of the mountains to Colorado citizens and visitors.
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