A "blue cloud" in the Distance.Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike was dispatched in 1806 to survey the southwest section of that recent purchase. Pike kept a journal detailing his travels and on November 15 he wrote about a mountain or blue cloud in the distance he called Grand Peak. Pike and his men attempted and failed to reach the summit due to a blizzard on November 24, 1806.
The first recorded ascent was in 1820 by botanist Dr. Edwin James. The leader of the expedition, Major Stephen H. Long, named the mountain James Peak in his honor. During the 1850s, Pikes Peak became the official name for the mountain.
The Pikes Peak or Bust gold rush of 1859 brought thousands of opportunity-seekers to the slopes of the mountain and national notoriety.
(caption: "I believe no human being could have ascended to its pinnacle." Lt. Zebulon Pike, November 24, 1806.
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 12:46am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 497762 N 4308086|
|Decimal Degrees||38.92168333, -105.02581667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 55.301', W 105° 1.549'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 55' 18.06" N, 105° 1' 32.94" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 988 Pikes Peak Toll Rd, Atlanta CO 80809, US|
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