Spencer Penrose

A Man with Vision.

An influential founder of many important landmarks throughout the Pikes Peak region, Spencer Penrose had vision. Whether he was building new roads or establishing charitable organizations, Penrose was involved in a host of groundbreaking projects.

Beyond that, Penrose had a lifelong interest in animals and was given a bear in 1916. This bear was the beginning of an exotic animal collection that he added to every year. As Penrose's collection grew, he kept the animals at his ranch and at The Broadmoor Hotel, which he founded. By 1926, Penrose started Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which eventually became home to his animals and many more.