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Salida in Chaffee County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Christmas 1806

 
 
Christmas 1806 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2010
1. Christmas 1806 Marker
Inscription. Frustrated in their attempt to climb Pike’s Peak on November 27, 1806, Zebulon Pike and his party of 15 trudged on through South Park looking for the Red River, southern boundary of the Louisiana Purchase. After crossing Trout Creek Pass, the explorers came again to the Arkansas River, with food perilously low. On Christmas Eve two hunting parties shot eight buffalo, and Christmas Day was spent near the mouth of Squaw Creek (one-half mile to the south) feasting on buffalo and repairing equipment.

Early in 1807 Pike crossed into the San Luis Valley at the Great Sand Dunes and built a log stockade (reconstructed as a State Historical Monument) on the Conejos River near present La Jara, where he was taken prisoner by the Spanish.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Society of Colorado. (Marker Number 130.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the History Colorado marker series.
 
Location. 38° 35.533′ N, 106° 5.1′ W. Marker is in Salida, Colorado, in Chaffee County. Marker is on U.S. 285 5 miles north of U.S. 50, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located in a small pullout parking lot, along with three associated informational placards and
Christmas 1806 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2010
2. Christmas 1806 Marker
Pike's Peak can be seen in the background, above the marker. The top edge of the marker is carved and painted to represent the mountain peaks seen in the background.
a covered picnic bench. Marker is in this post office area: Salida CO 81201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Finding Our Routes / New Faces Along the River / Pike Explores the Valley (a few steps from this marker); The Jackson Hotel (approx. 5˝ miles away); The Salida Steam Plant (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is wooden and somewhat weathered.
 
Regarding Christmas 1806. The text on the page says there is a view of Pikes Peak over the marker, to the west. Pikes Peak is actually east of the marker. The view is of some other peak.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Zebulon Pike Expedition of 1806/07. The Pike expedition began on July 15, 1806. Pike’s expeditionary party included 17 men from his failed Mississippi River expedition; two new volunteer soldiers; his second-in-command, Lt. James Biddle Wilkinson, son of the general; a volunteer physician, Dr. John H. Robinson; and Baronet Vasquez, an interpreter from St. Louis. (Submitted on November 28, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Pike Expedition. The Pike Expedition (July 15, 1806 – July 1, 1807) was a military effort authorized by the United States government to explore the south and west of the recent Louisiana Purchase. Roughly contemporaneous with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, it was led by United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, Jr. (He was promoted to captain while on the trip.) It was the first official American effort to explore the western Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains in present-day Colorado. (Submitted on November 28, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,150 times since then and 347 times this year. Last updated on August 24, 2017, by Wes Munsil of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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