Colorado Springs, Colorado: Shrine of the Miracle Rose Lady

Rose Arveson died in 1963. Her daughters said that six roses left on her coffin came back to life and had healing powers. They claimed mom was a saint, and built an elaborate outdoor shrine. The sisters died in 2008 and 2011; property currently condemned.
Address:
3540 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO
Directions:
On the west edge of the city, on the north side of W. Pikes Peak Ave. just east of its intersection with N. 36th St. I-25 exit 141. Drive west on US 24/Midland Expy for a little over three miles. After you cross 31st St. (stoplight), drive a little further and turn right onto Ridge Rd. Cross Colorado Ave., then immediately turn left onto Pikes Peak Ave. Drive one block and the Shrine will be on the right, at the corner of 36th St.
Admission:
Free
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Rose Arveson Shrine

I had contacted you a couple of months ago regarding the Arveson Shrine in Colorado Springs, which had been condemned (sad story involving elder abuse and animal hoarding)... I was incorrect in that it had been demolished. It still stands. It is abandoned and creepy, but it's still a roadside attraction and I have no idea when and if it will be razed. Colorado Springs has some properties that have been condemned for decades and are still standing. We kind of have a problem that way ;^) Too many landowner rights or something, which tends to lead to urban blight in some situations. So, anyway, it's still a roadside attraction and, although somewhat macabre, I think it's something worth seeing, strictly for the weirdness/creepiness factor.

[Tamera Goldsmith, 03/30/2014]
Rose Lady Shrine. Shrine of the Miracle Rose Lady

We went to Garden of the Gods and decided, since the shrine was about 1.7 miles away, we would go look. It was marked by a kind of hard-to-see, dark metal arch sign. There is a pretty large (for a residential home) statue of a saint with a loving description of the Miracle Rosie lady.

You have to walk up a hill to get to the rest of the shrine. The rest of the shrine is a sheltered mosaic of a woman, supposedly the Miracle Rose Lady. It is interesting and pretty in a folk art kind of way. We also noticed a letter from Ronald Reagan at the shrine.

One thing that might be useful, it says beware of dog (if you set off an alarm that won't go off if you just see the shrine) but you should really beware of dog poop. All in all it was alright.

[Betty, 08/19/2010]

Rose Arveson died in 1963. Her daughters said that six roses left on her coffin came back to life and had wondrous healing powers. Regarding their mom as a saint, they built this elaborate outdoor shrine next to the family house. The tabloids used to report on miraculous cures brought on by roses shipped by mail from the Saint Rose E. Arveson Shrine, and believers would make the pilgrimage. One daughter died in 2008, another in 2011, but no one knew until the home was condemned in 2013. The city has since cleaned up the property, but the whole place may be bulldozed. See it soon.

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