Marshall Sprague Park|
3492 E. Woodmen Road
Size of Marshall Sprague Park: 3.03 Acres
Project Status: Completed
The Marshall Sprague Park Dedication was held on Saturday, August 7, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Marshall Sprague Park, 3492 W. Woodmen.
The Marshall Sprague Park was made possible through partnership and widespread community support:
Who was Marshall Sprague? Marshall Sprague
Who was Marshall Sprague?
Marshall Sprague, a native of Newark, Ohio, made his living as a writer from the time he graduated from Princeton in 1930. His first job was on the staff of Women’s Wear Daily. Then, after some clever trading of articles for passage to China, he wrote for the North China Star followed by the Paris edition of the New York Herald-Tribune and was a featured writer for the New York Sunday Times.
In 1939 Marshall and his Princeton sweetheart, E.J. Ailes, were married. Diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1941, it was suggested that he head west to Colorado Springs. During his slow but successful recovery he penned his first book fittingly titled The Business of Getting Well.
The Sprague family was now five—with children, Joseph, Stephen and Sharon. At this time Sprague developed an interest in his new hometown and in the stories of the men who helped shape its early history. He found that many of their stories led to Cripple Creek and that no definitive history about that area had been written. Deciding to write a book about the "worlds greatest gold camp", he read old files and newspapers and at least once a week traveled to Cripple Creek to talk with the people who remained. Money Mountain, published in 1953, was described as "a literary lode filled with warmth, humor and humanity." Massacre: The Tragedy At White River won the Colorado Authors League Top Hand Award for 1957 and is said to be Sprague’s choice of "best book". A Gallery of Dudes was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1966 and won the Top Hand Award in 1967. Newport in The Rockies shows Sprague’s love of Colorado Springs as he documented the "colorful history of the city and gave the biographies of the people who made it Newport’s mountain-west counterpart."
In addition to writing, Marshall Sprague was a lifelong bird watcher and jazz piano player who was a member of the Gut Bucket Seven until the late 1970’s.