- 4:42 pm - Sat, Jan 7, 2012
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Balanced Rock, For Now
Ever wonder what will happen when Balanced Rock — the iconic 700-ton red sandstone ballerina perched on its tiptoes in the heart of the Garden of the Gods — no longer lives up to its name?
It is, after all, inevitable that the 290-million-year-old rock will fall. Too many factors are working against it.
PHOTO: This photo was taken in 1894, about the time 14-year-old Curt Goerke began taking photos of tourists at Balanced Rock. It was so lucrative, his father, Paul Goerke, bought Balanced Rock, Steamboat Rock and Mushroom Park for $400 and built a business. (Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District)