COBWEB CORNERS: Names connected with the Mountain
By Mel McFarland
I enjoy working on Pikes Peak. A thought came to me about all the names connected with it. I hope these are familiar to you: Zebulon Pike, Dr. Edwin James, Julia Archibald Holmes, Katharine Lee Bates, even Erin O'Keefe. Are they? Here are some other names, and I am sure some of you who will have ones that I miss.
I am most familiar with railroad names. Zalmon Simmons, C.W. Sells, and Spencer Penrose were owners or managers. Martin Frick's father, on a visit from Switzerland, took a picture of Pikes Peak from a train as he passed through Colorado Springs over a hundred years ago. Martin came to Manitou with the first Swiss trains and is now retired, having worked up to president of the Manitou & Pikes Peak [cog] Railway. Names such as Taggart, Novlan, Eads, Henderson, Jamison, Stanton, McDaniel, Wheatley, Doty and even Smith and Jones are familiar on the railroad. Also McFarland. A man by that name wrote one of the first stories about hiking to the weather station in the 1870s (no known relation).
Because of Penrose building the Pikes Peak Highway, there is another list of names, including Unser, Sandborn, Bruning, Regester, Donner and Foltz. That list could go on forever.
A mountain runner is Matt Carpenter, the record-holder for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Another record must be held by Craig Burbank. Never heard of him? He walked up Pikes Peak nearly 100 times in a year! The trail to the summit was built by Fred Barr, who also joined with friends to start the AdAmAn Club. Lots of names there, approaching 100 members! One I remember well is the late Jim Bates, who did their history book.
How about Heistand who took hundreds of pictures, or William Hook, an early photographer and even lived at Artist's Glen. I can not talk about Hook without mention of Paul Idleman who was fascinated with Hook's work. Go to the summit and you can see Hook's pictures that Paul found and put up.
Oh, O'Keefe, She was the imaginary "daughter" of John O'Keefe, a soldier stationed at the weather station in the 1870s whose invented story about her being eaten by rats was initially thought to be true. As I said, you probably know other names for this list. As you go up the road you might even see Carl or Jeff!