In the 1960’s, General William Palmer, who had long been involved in the railroad industry, decided to build a new railroad in the west that was unlike any other. He wanted to build tracks away from cities already established in Colorado, so that he could create and profit from new towns that would spring up around the railroad. Having already experienced the beauty of The Garden of the Gods he built the railroad through the area, thus creating Colorado Springs. In 1871 Palmer founded the Colorado Springs Company, with which he bought and sold most of the land in Colorado Springs. He wanted the city to be carefully planned, a place for colleges, science, and the elite of the west. Palmer knew that a college would bring money and culture to the community in which he meant to settle. So, Palmer went looking for somebody to start a college in Colorado Springs. In 1873 Thomas Haskell, a Congregationalist, traveled to Colorado Springs with his sick daughter, hoping that the Colorado air would help cure her illness. At the time, the Congregationalists were also looking for a place to found a school in the west. So, Haskell went to talk to Palmer about the possibility of a college. After the meeting, Haskell and the Colorado Congregationalists chose Colorado Springs as the home of their college, partially because the city and Palmer offered the church ten acres of land for the college. On February 4th, 1874 the school charter was confirmed. While Haskell was officially the credited as the founder of Colorado College, many consider Palmer the real found of the school, he went searching for someone to found the school and gave the church money and the land to create it. (1) Thus, the college and the town were created as a unit. Palmer created the town and dreamed of a school that would dictate the culture of the area. It seems that for a while that his dream had been realized. The trustees and administrators of the college, being some of the wealthiest and most educated people in town, often advised the city council and local businessmen. The relationship between the two groups seemed harmonious. However, the reality in 2019 is much different. The college and the city seem to exist in two different spheres. How and when did this happen? While this question is too big for one person to answer in one block this project attempts to examine the ways in which the college has presented itself in dealings with the city as a means to understand when this relationship may have changed. It looks at the ways in which the school has advertised itself to the local government, businesses, and people in order to develop a relationship with the town. Additionally, this project relates these actions to modern methodologies for creating a harmonious relationship between and college and the town in which it exists. Works Cited (1) Loevy, Robert D. Colorado College: A Place of Learning, 1874-1999. Colorado Springs: College, 1999.