Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
1775-1835 American Indian Area
Discover the history and culture of the American Indians who lived in the Central Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Visitors will have an opportunity to see an elk or buffalo hide tepee, a wide variety of tools and items used in everyday tasks, and play games and listen to stories of Ute or Plains Indian culture.
Explore life in a pre-railroad homestead, before the founding of Colorado Springs. Visit the reconstructed 1860s log cabin and participate in hands-on activities for adults and children. Watch demonstrations of 19th century cooking, crafting, and gardening.
The 1895 Working Ranch
Learn about life on a 19th century working farm and ranch. Tour the 1874 Rock Ledge House to learn about the history of the Chambers family, who established the Rock Ledge Ranch in 1874. Explore the farm, which includes an organic vegetable garden, apple orchard and livestock such as chickens, sheep, horses, pigs and cows. Visit the blacksmith shop to watch blacksmiths shape hot metal into tools and works of art. Remember to stop by the General Store,
The 1907 Estate
Step back in time and experience life in an elegant country estate as you take a guided tour the Orchard House, built in 1907. The Orchard House was built for Charlotte and William Sclater, relatives of city founder General William Jackson Palmer. The house features a servant call system, electricity, working kitchen, and a coal stove. The tour also includes a glimpse into the lives of the servants who worked in the house, doing all of the cooking, cleaning and household chores. After touring the house you can relax on the lawn and enjoy a game of croquet.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 38° 52.695′ N, 104° 52.192′ W. Marker is in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North 30th Street and Gateway Road. Located at the Garden of the Gods Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 North 30th Street, Colorado Springs CO 80904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O Beautiful For Spacious Skies... (a few steps from this marker); Garden of the Gods Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bloomer Girl; A Colorado TrailblazerRock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (about 600 feet away); The Garden of the Gods (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Priceless Gift (approx. 0.6 miles away); Time Frozen In Stone (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
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Also see . . .
1. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Ranch Website homepage (Submitted on June 21, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on June 21, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.