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Hannah Bassett, who came to the Pikes Peak Region with her
husband, William, in 1859, was both ambitious and beautiful.
Because she was ambitious, the family crossed the plains five
Because she was beautiful, a band of Indians tried to trade a
large number of horses to William Bassett for her.
Bassett, who operated a sawmill at the pinery, now known as
Black Forest, didnít want to irritate the Indians who proposed
trading horses for his wife, since members in the wagon train
were greatly outnumbered, so men in the party decided on a ruse
that was effective.
Slipping away from the wagon train, several of the men made
their way to a nearby creek, where they spotted their faces with
Returning to the conference being held over Hannah Bassett, the
men confronted the Indians, explaining they had smallpox.
Frightened, the Indians broke up the conference and drifted
William and Hannah Bassett are among 160 persons listed at the
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as having arrived in the Pikes
Peak Region in 1858 and 1859.
Among the early arrivals was Melancthon S. Beach, who located
Colorado City, built the first house there, was the first county
recorder and represented El Paso County in the first territorial
Others on the 1858-1859 list are:
Adams, William A. - Claimed 160 acres on Fontaine-qui-Bouille
about 7 miles below Colorado City.
Archibald, A. W.
Auchinvole, Charles J.
Baldwin, Amanda Melvina (Mrs. Elisha E.)
Baldwin, Elisha Emery - Father of Mrs. Zopher Holden of Colorado
Banning, Laura (Mrs. Sylvester)
Bassett, Alden - Had a sawmill
Bassett, William - Picture of him in the article
Blake, Charles H. - Member Colorado City Town Company
Blodgett, A. D.
Blodgett, Martha (Mrs. A. D.)
Blodgett, W. R.
Bolin, B. H. - Claimed 160 acres 12 miles from Colorado City on
"Cut Off" to Denver Road.
Bott, Anthony - Came with a party from Kansas City in November
1858, and laid out a town which they called "Eldorado" on the
site soon to be claimed at "Colorado City"
Burghardt, H. J.
Burghardt, M. D.
Bute, George A. - Was with Anothy Bott in 1858 when the party
laid out "Eldorado"
Cable, R. E. - Credited with naming "Garden of the Gods"
Cady, F. W. - Claimed 160 acres 15 miles from Colorado City on
north fork of the Little Fountain
Chesstnut, James D. - Claimed 160 acres in Squirrel Creek Pinery
about 15 miles from Colorado City
Chever, C. B.
Chever, David A. - Member original Colorado City Town Company
Clark, Henry S. - Appointed county commissioner by Governor
Cobb, Frank M. - Climbed Pikes Peak in 1858
Coby, Henry - Belonged to Company G, Colorado Cavalry and took
park in Civil War and in the Battle at Sand Creek
Comstock, Harris S. - Claimed 160 acres lying on the west side
of Cheyenne Creek at its junction with Fontaine-qui-Bouille
Cook, F. A. - Claimed 160 acres on Fontaine-qui-Bouille one half
mile below Cheyenne Creek
Cook, G. W.
Corson, W. A.
Cotten, James Madison
Cotten, Oliver Martin - On grand jury in 1861, Justice of the
Peace in 1862 and father of Frank Cotten
Cotten, William - Great Uncle of Frank Cotten
DeLong, James - Claimed 160 acres on Fontaine-qui-Bouille 10
miles below Colorado City
Devlin, Pat - Killed by "Jim" Laughlin in Colorado City
Donovan, Joe B.
Dugen, Seth - Claimed 160 acres where road leads to "Big
Enos, James - Claimed 160 acres being the first to claim north
of and adjoining the claim of M. S. Beach on Camp Creek
Eskins, Peter Phillip
Fletcher, William Dudley
Ford, Col. F. R. and his wife Henrietta
Fosdick, H. M. (Colonel) - Platted original Colorado City town
site and was the first to show that farming could be successful.
He plowed up a few acres on the south side of Fountain Creek and
planted all sorts of fruit and vegetables
Foushee, John G.
Fulerton, James - Claimed 160 acres on Fountaine qui Bouille at
mouth of Bear Creek
Garvin, Dr. James Paul - Was the first physician of El Paso
County. He built the cabin that was located "just above"
the Templeton Block on Colorado Avenue, called by some uniformed
people the "State Capital"
Gilmore, Charles - Led a party of about 12 men from a place near
Denver and laid out "El Dorado City" in 1859
Girton, Sarah (Mrs. Thompson)
Gleason, A. H.
Goldberg, Gumpert - Claimed 160 acres on Fontaine-qui-Bouille
about 9 miles below Colorado City
Graves, W. H.
Hall, George B.
Hall, H. I.
Hall, O. C.
Hayden, Lewis - Claimed 160 acres near Colorado Avenue;
grandfather of Zopher Holden of Colorado Springs
Higgens, Thomas J. - Higgens and Cobb and a Mr. Baker, known as
"Hog" Baker, were among the first business men in Colorado City
Holden, Daniel M. - Father of Zopher Holden of Colorado Springs
Holmes, James A. and his wife - Climbed Pikes Peak in 1858. It
is thought that she is the first woman to have made the trip
Humbert, Prosper - Claimed 160 acres on the Little Fountain
Husted, Calvin R. - Had a ranch at what is now called Husted,
of Air Force Academy site.
Irion, John W. - A government surveyor
Long, Isaiah K. - Claimed 160 acres on Fountain qui Bouille one
mile below its (canít read) on with Monument
Love, Arthur B.
Love, William A. - Platted Love and Quimby addition to Colorado
City; the site occupied by Philadelphia and Colorado Smelting
McAlroy, E. P.
McCarty, Michael - Member of Colorado City Town Company
McCloud, Alexander - Claimed 160 acres in "Big Valley"
McClure, W. P. - Member Colorado City Town Company. He fought a
duel with Richard Whitsitt in Denver and was severely wounded,
McDonald, Angus R.
McMahan, John - Claimed 160 acres on south side of Fontaine qui
Macomber, Major W. H. - Belonged to "Old Time Cowboys"
Middleton, Robert and his wife
Miller, John D.
Moore, James A. and Minerva, his wife with T.A. Jones, G.
Chapman and M. D. Burghardt, he claimed 160 acres in the
"Squirrel Creek Pinery"
Moore, William B.
Morrow, Robert - Grandfather of Robert Morrow of Colorado
Murphy, Patrick - Lived near Monument and used to walk to Denver
carrying butter and eggs. Lived to be 103 years old
Murphy, William - Claimed 160 acres on the Monument
Myers, Ira - Claimed 160 acres on Camp Creek
Oaks, Joseph - Homesteaded on Kiowa Creek
Parkinson, John T. - Member original Colorado City Town Co
Parr, Joseph - Claimed 160 acres about 1 mile below junction of
Fontaine-qui -Bouille and Cheyenne Creek, being on road that
leads to "South Pinery"
Persall, Charles W. - Helped M. S. Beach build the first house
at 28th and Colorado Ave.
Price, C. W.
Price, John J.
Putnam, George W. - Member Colorado City Town Co
Richardson, Albert D. - Was connected with New York Tribune and
was an active member of this community; had a claim on Monument
Creek and was a member of Colorado City Town Co
Reed, Asa Harden
Rowley, I. H.
Shepherd, I. T. - Claimed 160 acres on Monument Creek
Simpson, Lorenzo Dow
Skerritt, Joseph - Chestnut, Skerritt, McDonald and Smith
claimed 640 acres in Squirrel Creek Pinery, 15 miles from
Smith, Julian - One of the founders of "El Dorado City"; also
member of Colorado City Town Co
Smith, W. A.
Spielman, Clementina Girto (Mrs. David)
Steele, Robert W.
Stout, E. P. - Member Colorado City Town Co
Tallman, John M.
Tappen, George H. - Member of Tappan and Company, owners of a
general store in Colorado City; built a concrete residence near
Tappan, John G. - Member of Tappan and Company
Tappan, Lewis N. - Was one of the surveyors with M. S. Beach,
who laid out the town site of Colorado City
Tappan, Samuel - Friendly toward the Indians, member of First
Colorado Regiment, come from Massachusetts
Tappan, William - Owned what is now 720 S. 8th St.
Templeton, Andrew J. - Templeton Gap is named for him
Thompson, John - Claimed 160 acres 20 miles from Colorado City
southward on Fontaine-qui-Bouille
Tucker - "There was at the time a man named Tucker, and two
others, encamped on the Fountain a little distance above the new
town site" (Eldorado City)
Wade, A. B. - Claimed 160 acres on a stream called Antelope
Waggoner, Seymour W. - A member from Colorado City of the First
Colorado Battery on the Union side in the Civil War and served
Wanless, John W.
Warren, T. H.
West, Robert S. - Claimed 160 acres in the "Big Valley" and in
1862 was constable
Whitsitt, Richard E. - Fought a duel with pistols with W. P.
McClure in Denver
Wilking, Oscar - Claimed 160 acres "near H. D. L. Morse"
Willis, Robert B. - Supervisor of District one of roads,
Winchester, L. J. - President of Colorado City Town Company
Wineka, Otto - One of the four founders of Fountain City near
Pueblo also had claim near Garden of the Gods
Woodward, G. A. - Member of original Colorado City Town Co
Wootten, Rickens L. - Had an early claim on the Soda Springs of
Wright, Andrew C. - Road overseer in Colorado City
Wyatt, N. G.
Transcribed and donated by
Marta Norton (Dec 23,