Arvada, Colorado: Horse in a Hazmat Suit

Created by artist Jeff Gipe, the life-size "Cold War Horse" wears a gas mask and red hazmat suit. It's a tribute to the workers who cleaned up the nearby Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant.
Address:
Hwy 72, Arvada, CO
Directions:
Northwest of downtown. On the south side of Hwy 72, three-quarters of a mile west of its stoplight intersection with Indiana St.
Admission:
Free
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Cold War Horse.

Cold War Horse

In Arvada stands the "Cold War Horse," fitted with a red hazmat suit, goggles, and a respirator. The memorial was created to acknowledge the history of Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant and the dangers the Rocky Flats workers faced. An estimated of 70,000 plutonium triggers were produced at the plant which operated from 1952 to 1992. The horse was vandalized in September 2015. It is now protected inside a fenced-off plot of private land.

[John Todesco, 05/08/2016]

Unveiled in Aug. 2015, it was smashed by sledge hammers two weeks later. Artist Jeff Gipe repaired the horse and re-erected it inside a protective fence.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Rocky Flats LoungeRocky Flats Lounge, Golden, CO - 5 mi.
Global Global "Center of the World" Signpost, Golden, CO - 8 mi.
Coors Plant ToursCoors Plant Tours, Golden, CO - 7 mi.
In the region:
Mile High, Watch Your Step, Denver, CO - 13 mi.

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