Favorite

Get a life: Two names to know 

click to enlarge 4e38_life-24137.gif

When talking about Colorado Springs history, 19th-century figures Zebulon Montgomery Pike and Gen. William Jackson Palmer often are mentioned in the same breath. The tale of the tape, however, reveals that's something of a raw deal for the general.

Palmer: Medal of Honor recipient in the Civil War. Founded north-south Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, with the first section running from Denver to Pikes Peak. In 1870, bought 10,000 acres of land next to Old Colorado City, the former unofficial capital of Colorado Territory. Named his community Colorado Springs, and kept it saloon-, gambling- and alcohol-free. Benefactor to the city donating, among other things, the land of today's Monument Valley Park until his death in 1909.

click to enlarge 7fcc_life-24137.gif

Spoils: Namesake for a high school and downtown park; remembered with a Nevada Avenue statue.

Pike: After an unexceptional military career, fell under the employment of James Wilkinson, then governor of the Louisiana Territory. Sent into the wilderness to "explore" the Rockies (i.e., spy on the Spanish). In 1806, during this second-rate Wild West expedition (which earned him the nickname "The Poor Man's Lewis and Clark"), tried to summit our beloved peak; waist-deep snow and two days without food turned him around. Never did claim the mountain, and eventually was captured by the Spanish.

Spoils: Namesake for "America's mountain"; remembered with a Tejon Street statue.

So, Pike got the mountain and Palmer got the park (and the high school). History can be cruel.

Makes you wonder what may be left for James Dobson.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Annual Manual

Popular Events

  • Colorado Springs Comic Con @ Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center

    • Through Aug. 28 $25-$75
    • Buy Tickets
  • Grand Opening @ The Buzz

    • Free
  • "Medical Marijuana and our Community" @ Sand Creek Branch Library

    • Sat., Aug. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • War of the Worlds @ Cottonwood Center for the Arts

    • Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4 & 6 p.m. Continues through Sept. 11 $5-$15
    • Buy Tickets
  • Friday Marketplace @ Palmer Park

    • Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2 Free
    • 1 going/interested
    • Buy Tickets

More by Colin Stroud

  • The reason for rhyme

    Proponents say the time is right for a poet laureate to ... um, do what, exactly?
    • Feb 14, 2008
  • Funny money

    Eminent, yet enigmatic, Numismatic Association event throws newcomer for a loop
    • Aug 30, 2007
  • TESSA:

    Not just safe, but self-sufficient
    • Aug 16, 2007
  • More »

All content © Copyright 2016, The Colorado Springs Independent   |   Website powered by Foundation