“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Florissant, Colorado

Clickable Map of Teller County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Teller County, CO (45) Douglas County, CO (18) El Paso County, CO (363) Fremont County, CO (47) Jefferson County, CO (82) Park County, CO (20)  TellerCounty(45) Teller County (45)  DouglasCounty(18) Douglas County (18)  ElPasoCounty(363) El Paso County (363)  FremontCounty(47) Fremont County (47)  JeffersonCounty(82) Jefferson County (82)  ParkCounty(20) Park County (20)
Cripple Creek is the county seat for Teller County
Florissant is in Teller County
      Teller County (45)  
      Douglas County (18)  
      El Paso County (363)  
      Fremont County (47)  
      Jefferson County (82)  
      Park County (20)  
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1 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — A Tale of Two NeighborsHomesteaders Forging Different Paths
The Adeline Hornbek Homestead in front of you was built in 1878. The finely crafted homestead is one of the outstanding cultural resources of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Missing from your view is the home of Charlotte Hill, which was . . . Map (db m240642) HM
2 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Ancient Clones
This family circle of fossilized stumps grew out of the single trunk of an older parent tree. The three trunks are ancient clones, or genetically identical copies, of that parent tree. Modern coastal redwoods also reproduce by stump sprouting. If . . . Map (db m240475) HM
3 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Ancient Forest Diversity
The Rocky Mountain region was much warmer 34 million years ago. The Florissant valley was forested with towering redwoods, false cypresses, pines, mixed hardwoods, and ferns surrounded by drier slopes with scrublands, shrubs, and low trees. . . . Map (db m158385) HM
4 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Changes Within Habitats
Within a few steps is the transition from a dry meadow into a cooler forest of Douglas-fir, spruce, and common juniper. The moisture content is higher here. Though you're looking south, you are standing on a north-facing slope. North-facing slopes . . . Map (db m158502) HM
5 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Charlotte HillEarly Citizen-Scientist
Women's stories figure prominently in the early frontier days of Florissant. Charlotte Hill homesteaded here in the late 1800s. Married at age 13, she raised seven children, ranched with her husband, and pursued her avocation of collecting fossils. . . . Map (db m240616) HM
6 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Dawn of the Recent Past
Standing here 34 million years ago you would probably recognize a number of plants and insects. But the year-round mild climate in the Rockies would be a surprise, as would the mammals of the time. The warm temperate forest was diverse, with . . . Map (db m158429) HM
7 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Delicate Impressions
As outcrops of shale weather, they separate into paper-thin sheets, exposing fossils on their surfaces. Within these delicate pages, a chapter of Earth's history unfolds. Size played a key role in determining what was preserved at Florissant. The . . . Map (db m158439) HM
8 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Fierce Competition
Decades before this area became a national monument, commercial tourist sites exhibited the fossils and competed for customers. The remnants of an old road across the meadow in front of you marked the boundary between two family businesses. The . . . Map (db m240555) HM
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9 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Florissant Valley Today
Open stands of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and quaking aspen now dominate the slopes of the Florissant valley. The ecosystem has changed since the days of the dense redwood forests. There are more open grasslands and the cold temperate forest is . . . Map (db m158433) HM
10 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Is the Trio in Trouble?Fighting Gravity and the Weather
The three trunks of the Trio are all interconnected because they are part of the same tree! They were likely sprouts from a broken central tree, which makes them clones. The original rock matrix that buried the Trio in the late Eocene was excavated . . . Map (db m240476) HM
11 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Just One Piece at a Time
"One of the wonders of this part of the world is the 'Petrified Forest'...between Colorado Springs and Fairplay. This remarkable relic...bids fair to disappear very shortly, unless the...tourists cease their work of destruction. Everyone must . . . Map (db m158483) HM
12 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Layers of Time
To uncover the geologic history of the Florissant region, you must peel back the surface and examine the rock layers below. Sediments are deposited layer upon layer, with the oldest at the bottom and the youngest on top. Because of this principle . . . Map (db m158482) HM
13 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Life in the Forest
The Abert's squirrel inhabits this forest. It eats ponderosa pine cones and the inner bark of the twigs. It's just one of many animals that depend on the ponderosa forest for food, nesting, and cover. The fossil record also shows animals and plant . . . Map (db m158510) HM
14 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Life Zones
Pikes Peak is the huge mountain you see across the valley. On a clear day, you can see two distinct areas on the mountain—a darker band of forest and a lighter colored treeless area. These different layers called "life zones" are a . . . Map (db m158493) HM
15 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Living Artifacts, Landmarks and Trails of the Ute People
Living Artifacts Prayer Trees — One of dozens of ponderosa pine trees bent and tied parallel to the ground, marking places of prayer on the Pilgrimage trail (now named Cedar Mountain Road) to Pikes Peak from Crystal Peak. Many . . . Map (db m153231) HM
16 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Making of a Monument
A grassroots effort Beneath this valley is one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Imagine instead this valley filled with a housing subdivision. There would be no open space, no trails, no scientific research, and no . . . Map (db m158376) HM
17 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Reading the Rings
Core samples from Sequoia affinis fossil stumps contain remarkably well-preserved annual growth rings. Locked within those concentric rings are clues about past growing conditions in the Florissant valley. The stumps at Florissant have . . . Map (db m158428) HM
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18 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Stumps of Stone
In the late Eocene epoch, about 34 million years ago, the Florissant valley was buried by eruptions from a cluster of volcanoes known as the Guffey volcanic center. Huge volcanic mudflows (lahars) spread into this forested valley with great speed, . . . Map (db m158402) HM
19 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — The Big Stump
In front of you is one of the largest fossils in the park, a massive petrified redwood stump. The Big Stump is all that remains of a redwood tree that may have been more than 230 feet (70 meters) tall and 500-1,000 years old when the lahar buried . . . Map (db m240556) HM
20 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — The Fossil BedsFlorissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Explosive volcanic eruptions, a quiet freshwater lake, towering redwoods. A picture of this valley 35 million years ago is revealed by studying the rocks that are here today.Map (db m93087) HM
21 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — The Present Touches the Past
Just beyond the circular wooden fence in front of you is a young ponderosa pine tree growing out of the top of an ancient petrified redwood tree stump. The huge redwood tree was buried by a volcanic mudflow and was later exposed by erosion. The . . . Map (db m158515) HM
22 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — The Role of Fire
Can you see the spiral scar on the ponderosa pine directly to your right? It goes all the way up and around the tree. Lightning struck this tree many years ago. Lightning and the fires it causes are natural processes in forests like this one. Fire . . . Map (db m158506) HM
23 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Valley Through Time
You are standing in the Florissant valley surrounded by ponderosa pine forests. But 34-35 million years ago, this was the site of Lake Florissant. The twelve-mile-long lake was formed when volcanic mudflows dammed a stream that flowed south . . . Map (db m158489) HM
24 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — Welcome to Florissant, the Northern Gateway to The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic BywayThere's something for everyone along the way..
Rich Cultural History The legacy of many different cultures and people can be found along the Byway. Native American Indian tribes who lived here for centuries prior to settlement have left traces of their life ways in the earth, trees and . . . Map (db m153243) HM
25 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — What If?
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument safeguards a buried treasure: one of the world's richest fossil deposits. Look around. This 6,000 acre open space belongs to all of us—and to future generations. But what if instead of a public resource, it . . . Map (db m240551) HM
26 Colorado, Teller County, Florissant — You are Standing Where the Ute Indians Once Lived
Pikes Peak backcountry was a hunter's paradise, and the native Ute people were constantly challenged by the Plains Indians for possession. Fierce warriors, the Utes endured and are the only tribe based in their Colorado homeland. Kit Carson . . . Map (db m153222) HM
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Mar. 3, 2024