Eisenhower Chapel – K3 II

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The Eisenhower Chapel at what used to be the old Lowry Air Force Base. Used by President and Mrs Eisenhower when they vacationed at Lowry AFB.

Historical excerpts from http://www.eisenhowerchapel.com/history

The Eisenhower Chapel is located on the former Lowry Air Force Base.  The base was active from 1937 until 1994 when it was closed as part of the downsizing of the military at the end of the Cold War.  Building 27, as it was officially designated, was the first of four wooden chapels built on Lowry Air Force base to serve the officers, airmen and families.  Chapel 1 was dedicated just fourteen days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The base chapels were interdenominational, conducting protestant, Jewish, and Catholic services
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Chapel 1 was preserved because of its connection to president Dwight D. Eisenhower, who attended services with his wife, Mamie a former Denver resident.  During the summers from 1952 through 1960, President Eisenhower spent his summers in Denver, using Lowry as his “summer White House.”  A plaque on the 6th pew on the left side of the Chapel commemorates Ike and Mamie’s favorite spot to sit for services.

The Eisenhower Chapel at what used to be the old Lowrey Air Force Base.  Used by President and Mrs Eisenhower when they vacationed at Lowrey AFB.

The Eisenhower Chapel at what used to be the old Lowrey Air Force Base. Used by President and Mrs Eisenhower when they vacationed at Lowrey AFB.

The Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a historic landmark in December of 1981 by the Landmark Commission. The Eisenhower’s also frequently vacationed at Fraser Colorado in the mountains where a family friend owned a ranch that became known as the “Western Whitehouse”.  Eisenhower loved to hunt and fish.

Below is a screenshot from Lightroom 6’s Web screen showing the almost exact locations where each shot was taken thanks to the Pentax K3 II’s built-in GPS.  I would estimate that all shots were within 2-3 feet or less of the precise spot where I stood to take the photos.  This is very impressive performance in my mind for the GPS.  Took no time at all to find the coordinates.  However I have learned the lesson of being sure to power off the camera when I am finished shooting  The GPS can draw a fair bit of power if the camera is left in the camera bag on.  Haven’t tried the logging functionality yet where it can actually track movements.

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The small orange squares mark the spot where I stood to take photos. I would estimate they are within 2 to 3 feet of the exact spot, thanks to the amazing GPS built into the Pentax K3 II.

All photographs taken with the Pentax K3 II body and the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR (both body and lens are well weather proofed).

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