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For 200 years, Pikes Peak has been a symbol of America’s Western Frontier—a beacon that drew prospectors during the great 1859–60 Gold Rush to the “Pikes Peak country,” the scenic destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and an enduring source of pride for cities in the region, the State of Colorado, and the Nation.
November 2006 marks the 200th anniversary of the Zebulon M. Pike expedition’s first sighting of what has become one of the world’s most famous mountains—Pikes Peak. In the decades following that sighting, Pikes Peak became symbolic of America’s Western Frontier, embodying the spirit of Native Americans, early explorers, trappers, and traders who traversed the vast uncharted wilderness of the Western Great Plains and the Southern Rocky Mountains.
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Posted August 2006
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