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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - May 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers 50 vol. 12, Colorado territory Price four bits Sweet land of Promise Beu i a feb 6, 1877 allow me for once to give you Beulah As an entirety. It has been showered upon you in incongruous morsels of late consequently thousands who read the chieftain Are unable to form a definite idea of maces Hole which name for this Valley was changed to Beulah a Sweet land of Promise a on january i 1877. Who inhabits Here doubtless All your readers yourself included have a vague idea of How Many and who Are the Beula Hites. Let me give you a list. David Boggs Constable excellent citizen symmetrical life exemplary in All his Intercourse with people is the Pioneer of maces Hole. That is the Juan Mace from whom the Valley was named. He was Here years ago a a cattle and horse thief a but neither him or his gang were Here when David Boggs came in the year 1865. Mace made this his hiding place for the Stock he stole from Wagon trains and herders on the Prairie. There was but one pass into the Valley and that a difficult one. Other passes entered the Valley from Parks further Back and More difficult of Entrance and exit. Mace Ito Cuik Titsch due ills Booty Safe when once they came through the Eastern pass. While he operated with but a single assistant. Losers of Stock for years did not dare enter the Valley through the solitary Rocky and precipitous pass now a graded Road passing or. Fornias place because they supposed that a Large band of outlaws armed Well and reckless would annihilate them. The Story of a band of bandits living Here was caused by Mace. He circulated this Story by leaving Anonymous letters on the Plains where the herders would be sure to find them. One letter remembered by the oldest herders read As follows a Rock Creek april 14,1859. Tom get three Hundred of the boys in fighting order and have them ready to come out Well mounted by the 20th, when we can make a big haul. I hear there is a Good Many Wagon trains and lots of Chuck coming Over the Plains. How Are the boys stay in Camp or be Handy. By Juan Mace. The effect of this which was in poor Spanish was to circulate the Rumor that there were about five Hundred armed outlaws under Mace so that when he once obtained portions of herds no Chase past the Plains was made. By Road or Trail through second maces Hole. Jenkins Park and hardscrabble Mace would make his get away with cattle and horses and disperse of his plunder to Wagon trains at Colorado Springs or further North. Then he would Retreat to this then unexplored Valley. Mace was seen alone on the Plain in the summer of 1863. He was pursued and riddled with bullets. The herders came into the Valley and found his Garden and a Beautiful Valley. James of Niel of the herders remained until the year 1864. Then came Coburn and Root and squatted. They prospected where Silver Circle is now located also up on the Greenhorn digging for Gold and ignoring the fact of abundance of Silver ores such As Galens Gray Copper and tellurium. The senses came after David Boggs. John l. Boggs passed the Winter of 1868-9 with Peter Dotson Esq. That Spring he and his two sons Lewis g. Boggs and George b. Boggs came and settled on government land which had not been surveyed. It was surveyed aug. 1872, by Deputy . Surveyor of Denver. Oliver l. Boggs came Here in 1871. These five citizens prof. Boggs and five sons have five one Quarter sections or eight Hundred acres adjoining. Five More peaceful industrious temperate and honest Farmers can not be met with. Or. Mortimer Asher accompanied Vanloon and Foster in their prospecting Tours West and North of Here thirteen years ago. Asher preempted on North Creek five years ago. He is now owner of upwards of Twenty five Silver mines every one of which shows a Well defined Crevice and Wall rocks. John Murray the recently elected Justice of peace who declares Fence pole chopping preferable to acting As Justice has been Here a off and on a for eight years. He has gone off again wandering into the san Juan. Or. Deane brother in Law to Patton is a quiet Man industrious and frugal. To Oriel it to a a a of Cui Vui and son of John Sease or. The latter married an estimable lady four years ago. Billy Sease has a Cabin on his brother a farm and is herding horses in Kansas while his wife and children remain Here. M. Fornia musician dancing professor Farmer and liveliest social body in Beulah holds the fort of this Valley. He has preempted 160 acres and homesteaded 160 acres which together surround the pass into and out of Beulah Valley. Fornia stays in Pueblo and when he does come out. It is late saturday night and he skips out Lively about sunday noon before the scandal mongers Are out of Church which institution is in the school House sometimes and other times at senses. Prof. Boggs the headlight of that Church Rose last Sabbath and kicked the dust from his Sabbath boots and bid them a laconic Farewell. He considers that he is free from the daily Contact of continued on Page 2 to i v f. A it a a a a Tabu i a a i i photo Courtesy Pueblo Library District Western research room. Beulah Hill one of the Many challenges that faced Early Day travellers was Beulah Hill. At the Bottom of the Hill was the St. Charles River. In a rainstorm the Hill and often the Road next to the River were not passable. Petrified Man discovered near Beulah sept. 20, 1877 Southern Colorado has always proved a Rich Field for the researchers of the archaeologist naturalist and geologist. Ancient buildings and pottery fossils of All kinds and minerals in abundance have rewarded the labors of those who have searched for them and As yet the Field is new and almost untrodden. A few months since or. W. A. Conant. Who has been travelling in the Region of country lying Southwest of Pueblo Between this City and maces Hole discovered a variety of fossils among others a sea Turtle in an excellent state of preservation. Or. Conant called the attention of the newspaper press of the state to his discovery and considerable comment was elicited. The matter gradually passed from the attention of the Public though or. Conant determined to search further in the same locality with the Hope of making additional discoveries. On tuesday he arrived in the City bringing with him a Large Stone photo Courtesy Denver Public Library Western history department. Muldoon the solid Man the title of a song by Edward g. Harrigan 1845-1911 a popular composer and entertainer of the 1870�?Ts, provided the name for one of Colorado a most famous characters the solid Muldoon. Figure of a Man which he had unearthed at the head of a Long dry Arroya about six Miles North of the residence of p. K. Dotson Esq., about Twenty five Miles from the City. The figure was found imbedded in vary hard Clay requiring vigorous use of a pick to loosen it. A Cedar tree grew near by one of the roots of which had grown Between the Arm and the body of the figure making it necessary to Cut the Root before removing the statue from the bed in which it had doubtless reposed for centuries. Or. Conant states that while sitting on the ground eating his lunch in the locality above mentioned his attention was attracted to a curious looking Stone protruding from the ground. He removed the Earth from around it and found a resemblance to a human foot. He then proceeded to dig away the Clay about a foot in depth and soon uncovered the entire figure and having obtained assistance brought it to this City. Unfortunately in removing the figure from its bed a wooden lever was placed under the neck and the head broke off. It has however been neatly replaced. At first the discovery was supposed to be the petrified body of a human being of Gigantic stature but closer examination proves it to be a piece of sculpture but by whom executed or to what age it belongs no one seems to know. It is composed of a sort of slate Rock coloured a dirty yellow on the outside possibly from Contact with the surrounding Clay and represents a Man reclining one Arm being crossed Over his breast and the other lying along his Side with the hand resting on his leg. The position is easy and natural. The entire length of the statue is seven feet six inches length of arms four feet one Inch breadth across the shoulders two feet length of hand twelve and one half inches length of foot thirteen inches. The weight of the figure is about four Hundred and fifty pounds. The Type of the human race represented is a strange one. The head which is turned slightly to one Side As is natural in a reclining position is of the Asiatic Type a sort of Cross Between an ancient egyptian and an american Indian the Cheek Bones being remarkably prominent. The figure is spare and thin much like the men in ancient egyptian pictures while the whole body is covered with indentations. One remarkable feature which strikes the observer is the great length of the arms and the ape like appearance of the hands and feet. The hand which rests on the leg if the Arm were straightened would reach to the knee while the feet Are Long Flat and slim and the great toes about two inches Shorter than those in the Middle of the feet. At the end of the Backbone is a Tail about two or three inches Long strongly suggestive of the truth of the darwinian theory. The figure was at Nyberg amp rickers stables All Day on tuesday and was visited by hundreds of our citizens. There is considerable excitement Here Over the discovery and a general desire on the part of All to hear the opinion of some scientist with regard to the origin of this curious work of Art. There can be no question about the genuineness of this piece of statuary the Stone shows the effects of time and the circumstances of the discovery Are such As to preclude anything like a repetition of the Clumsy Cardiff giant fraud. Or. P. T. Barnum is now in Denver and he should pay us a visit and express his opinion As to the value of or. Conant a discovery. The Colorado weekly . Barnum hits town sept. 22, 1877 p. T. Barnum Esq. The Prince of showmen paid us a very pleasant visit yesterday. Or. Barnum is somewhat grayer than when we saw him first some thirty years ago but he is still full of life vigor and Enterprise and is As entertaining As Ever. He went Down to his ranch yesterday. The Pueblo daily chieftain
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