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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - February 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Vol. 12, no. Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers Colorado territory Price four bits,1 a Rocky Mountain Joe Sturtevant Samuel Sturtevant a druggist of grand Junction who had come to visit his father for the Day. At 9 of clock they separated at the interurban station at the Corner of Arapahoe and sixteenth and passengers on the car marked the affection with which father and son bade Farewell to each other. The old Man settled Down in a Corner seat but the car had gone Only a Short distance beyond Glo Beville when he discovered that his son had forgotten to give him the ticket for his passage. He went from one end of the car to the other seeking a Friend from whom he might borrow his fare and failing. Asked the conductor to Stop the car that he might get off. He preferred to walk rather than ask the conductor to pass him free. Many times had Rocky Mountain Joe walked greater distances than from Denver to Boulder in conditions far worse than those of last night. It was Only some Twenty five Miles the night was pleasant and he thought he could accomplish the distance without any trouble. Grasping his Cane he started walking along the track following the car he had just left while the passengers craned their necks from the windows watching him until the Well known figure was lost in the darkness. This was the last time that the old scout was seen alive. Meanwhile Back in Denver the son found that in the excitement of parting he had forgotten to give his father the ticket and he went Back to the station to notify the agent. He left the ticket at the office with instructions that if his father should get off the car the conductor on the next car should pick him up and take him to Boulder. Not dreaming that there was any danger his son went away. Then word came Back to the station that Rocky Mountain Joe had left the car and was walking to Boulder. It was impossible to get word to him and nothing was done until the 11 30 interurban started. Conductor Whiteford carried Rocky Mountain Joe a ticket in his pocket and Motorman Klett kept a Sharp Lookout As the car sped along the tracks. On the Way out the passengers were surprised and wondered at the number of times the car stopped until about two Miles North of Glo Beville word passed through the car that a Many a body had been found lying near the tracks. Looking from right to left in the Glare of the headlight the Motorman saw the form of a Man lying in a Gully near the tracks. He stopped the car and the passengers poured out. A score or More recognized the dead form of Rocky Mountain Joe. He was lying on his face head Foremost Down the embankment with his Cane Only a Short distance from his hand. The indications were that he had not been struck by a car but that he had slipped and fallen Down the Declivity. The body was placed on the car and taken to Westminster where it was left at the station and word was sent to the Coroner to View the body. For forty years Joe Sturtevant has been a figure in Boulder. His continued on Page 2 photo Courtesy Boulder historical society Parsons collection Pioneer Boulder photographer photo Courtesy Boulder historical society Parsons collection formal family portrait a a Joe usually dressed in flamboyant style Buckskin were his favorite attire. His wife Anna Lychman sold his paintings and photographs with help from the children Samuel Blanche Florence and it is believed Joseph Are shown Here. Photo Courtesy Boulder historical society Parsons collection double image photo Rocky Mountain Joe was a chronicler artist writer Indian scout military officer tourist guide and Teller of colourful tales. He is Best known for his photographs. Photo Courtesy Chautauqua historical room collection self portrait behind Chautauqua slabs called flatirons since the turn of the Century. 4/7/1910 the body of Rocky Mountain Joe a picturesque old scout who has been an interesting character of the West for the last forty years was found shortly after Midnight lying near the tracks of the interurban Road Between Westminster and Glo Beville. The face was covered with blood and the body was cold and it was apparent that he had been dead for sometime. His clothing the familiar Buckskin garb of the Indian fighter which he always wore showed no traces of a struggle. His watch was still running and the wrapper of a Cigar carried in his pocket was unbroken. How he came to his death is a mystery. Shortly after the body was found it was rumoured that a Bullet Hole had been found in the head but this was not verified. All who examined the body when it was found Are positive that the old Man had not been violently dealt with the theory generally accepted being that he had probably become exhausted from his exertions and fallen or that he had missed his footing striking his head with enough violence to cause death. An investigation will be made by Coroner Jones of Adams county to determine the manner of death. The remains were brought to Rogers amp songs undertaking rooms in Denver. Yesterday afternoon the old Man went to Denver to meet his son
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