By Celinda R. Kaelin & the Pikes Peak Historical Society
Thousands of years before Zebulon Pike’s name became attached to this famous mountain, Pikes Peak was home to indigenous people. These First Nations left no written record of their sojourn here, but they did leave stone circles, carefully crafted arrowheads and stone tools, enigmatic petroglyphs, and culturally scarred trees. The first western explorers wrote about these First Nations. Comanche, Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Lakota made incursions into the region, harvested the bounty and contested Ute Nation land possession. This book is a must, to glimpse the Indian era.
The author Celinda R. Kaelin is president of the Pikes Peak Historical Society and has written and lectured on this subject for 13 years.