The John Denver Plaque (Snowmass)
There is a brass memorial plaque to John Denver near the top of the Rocky Mountain High run at Snowmass. After
Pat O’Donnell Speech at “A Celebration: The Life of John Denver”
you at least on top of the gondola stairs and he said
“I don’t think too many people are going to be there.
Let’s put it in the middle of the stairs.
Below are six photos showing the evolution of the John Denver plaque. The first one shows how it looked soon after it was installed. It was a sturdy piece of wood upon which had been mounted a photo and a plaque. There was a photo of John Denver on the left. On the right the words "Rocky Mountain High" were written in large letters, with a brass plaque below. The text on the brass plaque read as follows:
Sail o'er the canyons, and up to the stars
Reach for the heavens and hope for the future
All that we can be and not what we are.
The Eagle and the Hawk
John Denver 1943 - 1997"
The second photo was taken in October 2002 and shows Christine Moon and her friend Hilary holding a piece of the John Denver Peace Cloth. (Thanks to Christine Moon for permission to use this photo.) They were part of a large group of people who hiked up there in October 2002 as part of "Rocky Mountain High--October 14, 2002." See Friends of John Denver www.fojd.org.uk. Also see:
In 2006 the brass plaque was removed and auctioned off to benfit Challenge Aspen. The Aspen Skiing Company then had a new plaque made and installed, to replace the one that had been auctioned off, but it was soon stolen. They replaced it again, and it was stolen again. The third photo shows what it looked like between 2006 and 2009 without a plaque on the right side. In early 2009 the Aspen Skiing Company had an entirely new brass plaque made and installed, and the last three photos are of it. The wording on the left of the plaque reads the same as in the original plaque (see above) and there is an image of John Denver to the right. This new 2009 plaque is quite sturdy and well attached and is less susceptible to being stolen.
(In March, 2007
For more information about and photos of this plaque, see this Facebook photo album (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view this album): https://www.facebook.com/aspenshrines/media_set?set=a.445658152172821.100739.100001859201674&type=1&l=9af6c372f9.
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This plaque is covered in the book, "Sanctuaries in the Snow--The Shrines and Memorials of Aspen/Snowmass." The book may be purchased on this page on this site: http://www.aspensnowmassshrines.com/index.php?The-Book
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