Captured here in almost 200 vintage images are the lives, trials, adventures, and leisures of some of the Peak’s early pioneers and visitors, covering a span of almost 60 years. Along with rare images of the Pike’s Peak area from the late 1800s, this collection contains a number of previously unpublished photographs. These include pictures of female pioneers traversing mountains in Cheyenne canons and other vicinities in the 1920s; Colorado Mountain Club members on their hiking trips in the area; pre-World War I memoirs and poems from local residents; and pictures of local prospectors, like Frank Nelson, who remained long after the large gold deposits were discovered. Also featured is the development of the surrounding communities and attractions of the Peak, including Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, Cheyenne Mountain and Canons, Garden of the Gods, Canon City, Royal Gorge, the Broadmoor Hotel, and the Cliff House.
“A fascinating photographic history of the Pike’s Peak region, with black-and-white images from the 1800s to the 1940s. It is written by a descendant of a couple who lived in the Colorado Springs area starting in the 1920s (Ivah and Bert Elliott). It’s particularly fun to compare the photos to places that one can visit today: the Pikes Peak Road to the summit, Seven Falls, the Broadmoor, Helen Hunt Falls, Garden of the Gods, and more.” ~Jan. K. France, www.Imagesofcolorado.com
A little history…
Before being “discovered” by U.S. explorer, Zebulon Pike in 1806, Pikes Peak, Colorado was home to a variety of different cultures, including Native Americans and Mexicans, along with French and Spanish explorers.