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Larkspur in Douglas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Southwest Rises The Summit of Pikes Peak

 
 
Southwest Rises The Summit of Pikes Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
1. Southwest Rises The Summit of Pikes Peak Marker
At an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks.
Inscription. This mountain, 14,110 feet above the sea and the most celebrated peak in America, is named for the explorer, Capt. Zubulon M. Pike, who saw it first in 1806. He attempted to climb it, failed and reported it unclimbable. Ascended in 1820 by Dr. Edwin James, a later explorer. A cog railway reached the summit in 1890 and a highway, in 1915. Motor races up the peak are held annually. The resort city of Colorado Springs, founded 1871, nestles at its foot where the first town called Colorado stood years earlier. The U. S. Air Force Academy rises ten miles north.

Pikes Peak is famed for its history and conspicuous position. Colorado contains more than fifty mountains over 14,000 feet high.
 
Erected by Colorado Deptartment of Highways.
 
Location. 39° 13.792′ N, 104° 52.723′ W. Marker is in Larkspur, Colorado, in Douglas County. Marker is on Southbound Rest Area (Interstate 25 at milepost 171), in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Larkspur CO 80118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Stone Fort (approx. 9.1 miles away); The Rock / Gray Gold (approx. 9.9 miles away);
View of Pikes Peak from I-25, just south of Denver image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
2. View of Pikes Peak from I-25, just south of Denver
Good Roads in Colorado / The Great North-South Highway (approx. 9.9 miles away); Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot (approx. 10 miles away); Franktown (approx. 12.9 miles away); Russellville - History of Franktown / Franktown Country - Timber Industry (approx. 13.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Pikes Peak, America's Mountain. Information about the most visited mountain in North America. Pikes Peak is the farthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Pikes Peak. The upper portion of Pikes Peak is a federally designated National Historic Landmark. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Wikipedia entry for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race. Drivers race up the mountain in a famous annual race called the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Pikes Peak image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
3. Pikes Peak
At the Summit image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 1994
4. At the Summit
At the summit on May 31, 1994 it was 27 with lots of snow. At Colorado Springs that day it was 90 degrees.
Pikes Peak Marker on a 1963 Postcard image. Click for full size.
J. J. Prats Postcard Collection
5. Pikes Peak Marker on a 1963 Postcard
Dexter (West Hyack, N.Y.) -brand postcard published by Sanborn Souvenir Co., Inc., Denver, Colorado. Caption reads “#3633 — Pikes Peak, alt. 14,100 ft. and historical marker on Hwy. 85 – 87 near the south entrance to the U. S. Air Force Academy.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,676 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on September 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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