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Florence in Fremont County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition

1806-7

 
 
1806-7 Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 7, 2020
1. 1806-7 Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker
Inscription.  Travel the route of these explorers and read Lt. Pike's own words from his journal

U.S. Army Expedition to explore the United States' new southwest boundary with New Spain

The men
Lt. Zebulon M. Pike • Dr. John H. Robinson • "Baroney" Vasquez • Sgt. William Meek • Corp. Jeremiah Jackson • Privates: John Brown, Jacob Carter, Thomas Dougherty, William Gordon, Hugh Menaugh, Theodore Miller, John Mountjoy, Alexander Roy, Patrick Smith, John Sparks, Freegift Stout

The Expedition:
5th December, Friday 1806 (Pike)
"Passed one very bad place of falling rocks, had to carry our loads. Encampment on the main branch of the river, near the entrance to the South mountains. In evening walked up to the mountain."
In the past 2 days Pike's men killed 4 deer and 15 turkeys. Beaver, Hardscrabble, and Four Mile creeks were charted.

Site of this sign:
This park, now the center of summer gatherings, was probably heavily wooded with abundant wildlife and other food. Stand on the bridge 4 blocks north and experience what Pike and his men must have seen.
Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 7, 2020
2. Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker
The dense riverside vegetation may have caused the explorers to take many turns, and could have blocked their vision of any possible enemy.

Caption: Merriam's turkey flock (Lower right)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
 
Location. 38° 23.566′ N, 105° 7.007′ W. Marker is in Florence, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pikes Peak Avenue (Colorado Route 67) and East 4th Street, on the right when traveling north on North Pikes Peak Avenue. Marker is located in Florence Pioneer Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence CO 81226, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James A. McCandless House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Agriculture & Ranching (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florence's Beginnings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corrections Capital (approx. 3.1 miles away); Arkansas River Valley (approx. 3.1 miles away); Arkansas Valley Country (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Royal Gorge (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cañon City / The Gold Belt Tour (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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Feb. 26, 2021