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Near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

A New Home in the Hills

 
 
A New Home in the Hills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. A New Home in the Hills Marker
Inscription. Soon after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862, homesteaders moved west across the prairies and spread into the hills of Pikes Peak. In the 1870s, the Crowe family claimed 160 acres in this valley that later came to be known as Crowe Gulch.

At high elevations, the difficulty of satisfying the Homestead requirement of living on the land five years and cultivating and harvesting a crop could be overwhelming. Meager livelihoods were made cutting timber, grazing cattle, and struggling to raise a stalk or two of corn or beans in the decomposed granite soil.

Most of the homesteads on the south side of Pikes Peak were eventually sold and developed into rustic hotel sites along hiking trails to the summit. They were abandoned when the Carriage Road and Cog Train were built. Public land on this, the north side of the mountain was purchased for the road right-of-way and reservoirs.

Homesteading on the slopes of Pikes Peak came to a halt in 1892 when Congress established timber reservations on public lands. The Pikes Peak timberland Reservation included almost all of Pikes Peak and was withdrawn from settlement opportunities.

(caption: Cusack Family at Catamount Hay Ranch circa 1890, located under present Catamount Reservoir. Photo courtesy Ute Pass Historical Society)
 
Location.

Cusack Family at Catamount Hay Ranch circa 1890, located under present Catamount Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
2. Cusack Family at Catamount Hay Ranch circa 1890, located under present Catamount Reservoir
Photo courtesy Ute Pass Historical Society
38° 54.034′ N, 104° 59.495′ W. Marker is near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is on Pike's Peak Toll Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the Crowe Gulch turnout. Marker is in this post office area: Cascade CO 80809, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to America’s Mountain (here, next to this marker); Forests Without Fire (here, next to this marker); Ute Pass (approx. 0.7 miles away); Well-traveled Water (approx. 2.4 miles away); Test Your Bird I.Q. (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Making of America's Mountain (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Mountain of Many Names (approx. 2.4 miles away); Take a Closer Look...Foothills Life Zone (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Pikes Peak Settlement image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
3. Pikes Peak Settlement
In the late 1870s, settlers by the thousands came to the west traveling through Ute Pass and the Pikes Peak region in search of a new home. Photo courtesy Ute Pass Historical Society.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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