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Welcome to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s regional history primary source resource page! This database highlights primary source documents and objects from the museum’s collection. Click the links below to explore each topic.

PIKES PEAK REGIONAL HISTORY TOPICS

USING PRIMARY RESOURCES IN THE CLASSROOM

REGIONAL THEMES

Boosterism

Climate, Marketing

Childhood

Cultural Crossroads – American Indians

Exploration

  • Zebulon Pike

 Founders

Health

Homesteaders/Early Settlers

Industrialization

Law/Politics

  • 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, Temperance
  • 1904 Ballot: This ballot is for the Colorado counties of El Paso and Teller from the 1904 election. Six political parties are represented on the ticket: Republican, Democratic, People’s (Populists), Socialist, Socialist Labor, and Prohibition.  The ballot is designed for straight-ticket voting: it has instructions on how to vote straight-ticket and how to vote straight-ticket with exceptions.  Assuming this ballot was finished, the owner was voting straight-ticket Democratic with 8 exceptions (of 38 possible votes).  It is interesting to note that the ballot actually has the presidential electors listed by name (along with their candidate) rather than just the name of the candidates.
  • Equal Rights Pageant

Mining

  • Winfield Scott Stratton, Division 1 Courtroom Goddesses

Trappers & Traders

Weather – STEM

  • Pikes Peak and the Summit House
  • Signal Service History
  • Wind Chill Activity: Using the wind chill chart from the National Weather Service, students can investigate the discrepancy between the recorded temperature from the top of Pikes Peak and the reported temperature in the news article. The results can lead to a discussion about the advancement in meteorological technologies.
  • Before the National Weather Service, the Signal Service reported the weather from various stations around the country. The highest signal service station was on Pikes Peak from 1873 – 1888. The mission of the men stationed atop Pikes Peak was to report the weather, and gather enough information to predict weather patterns. Initially, weather reports were made via telegraphic summaries sent to Washington, D.C. from the various observation sites around the nation, then distributed out to the public via railroad stations and news media outlets. The Pikes Peak mountain observation site was connected to the city of Colorado Springs down below by telegraph line #99. Harsh winds and heavy snow fall often downed the line, at times the poles themselves.

 CSPM EXHIBIT RESOURCES & LESSON PLANS

From the Ashes: The Waldo Canyon Fire

Journey to Pikes Peak

The Midas Touch

The Story of Us Lesson Plans

Other Lessons & Activities