Christmas 1806

Christmas 1806 (HM1C49)

Location: Salida, CO 81201 Chaffee County
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N 38° 35.533', W 106° 5.1'

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Frustrated in their attempt to climb Pike's Peak on November 27, 1806, Zebulon Pike and his party of 15 trudged on through South Park looking for the Red River, southern boundary of the Louisiana Purchase. After crossing Trout Creek Pass, the explorers came again to the Arkansas River, with food perilously low. On Christmas Eve two hunting parties shot eight buffalo, and Christmas Day was spent near the mouth of Squaw Creek (one-half mile to the south) feasting on buffalo and repairing equipment.

Early in 1807 Pike crossed into the San Luis Valley at the Great Sand Dunes and built a log stockade (reconstructed as a State Historical Monument) on the Conejos River near present La Jara, where he was taken prisoner by the Spanish.
HM NumberHM1C49
Series This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series
Marker Number130
Year Placed1964
Placed ByState Historical Society of Colorado
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:21am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 405509 N 4272084
Decimal Degrees38.59221667, -106.08500000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 35.533', W 106° 5.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 35' 31.98" N, 106° 5' 6.00" W
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Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11033 Rivers Edge Ln, Salida CO 81201, US
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