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I always liked heading west on Fillmore Street, because I looked forward to finding out if one of the resident donkeys who lived in a barn at the intersection of Templeton Gap Road and Fillmore would be catching some rays.
Well, that colorful corner of — home to donkeys and sage advice painted on the barn — is going the way of progress. The donkey barn, bearing the farewell Vaya Con Dios, which means to go with God, won't be around much longer.
Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council is set to give final approval to rezone the property at 3012 Simms Road from residential to office where a new medical building will take the place of the Taylors' donkey barn. Built in 1949, the house has been vacant for a few years since the death of Dessie Taylor. One of the surviving donkeys was later moved to Fountain.
The property is still owned by Dessie's descendants, Shannon and Robert Taylor, but it's clear the property is one step away from demolition. The corral has been removed and the house is abandoned.
According to city planning documents, a 4,919-square-foot medical office building with 40 parking spaces will be built there, just west of the Colorado Springs Health Partners' Union Medical Complex at Fillmore and Union Boulevard.
Then the planning documents give this tribute to the lore of the site:
The 0.94-acre site is developed with a single-family residence and accessory buildings including a barn. The barn was home to the donkeys Applejuice and Twinkle Star, who for several years provided a living landmark and a stark contrast to the urban intersection of Templeton Gap Road and Fillmore Street. The barn was also noteworthy due to the inspirational sayings and observations that the property owners (Bob and Dessie Taylor) painted on the east side.
Here's some pictures of the property I took today.