A Grim Reminder of the Past: Colorado’s Cold War Horse
However, now the area is a place that many Coloradans, including numerous families, call home.
The nuclear weapons facility was reduced to rubble, but despite the plutonium that still gives off a considerable amount of radiation, a quite extensive neighborhood was built on the site.
To give a not-so-subtle reminder of what was once there, an artist by the name of Jeff Gipe erected a statue of a horse, similar to Denver International Airport's 'Blucifer' in the neighborhood.
However, Gipe's horse statue wears a red hazmat suit and a gas mask, reminding residents and visitors alike of the fact that Rocky Flats was once a much more dangerous place and still may exude dangerous amounts of radiation because of what it once was.
Here is the story of the Cold War Horse and why it is a grim symbol of what Rocky Flats once was: