Pike camp to mark 200-year milestone

       A Zebulon Pike encampment, almost exactly 200 years since his first sighting of the mountain that would bear his name, will be re-created at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, Nov. 18.
       The encampment will evoke the events at that time of Pike's journey, when he sent out hunters to kill buffalo in anticipation of a lack of game in the territory ahead.
       Scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., the event is open to the public, with tickets $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and teens ages 13-18, $2 for ages 6-12 and under 6 free.
       Visitors will see demonstrations of steam drying and roasting buffalo meat and marrow bones and tanning the hides. There will also be historical speakers in the ranch's Carriage House, live music and activities at the American Indian Area.
       The speakers will be historian/author/musician Mark Gardner, speaking on “Pike's Legacy”; Katie Gardner, curator of the Pioneers Museum, on “Attire and Adornment of the Women of New Spain”; and Rock Ledge docent Kate Vanderboom on Clarissa Pike (Zeb Pike's wife) and her contemporaries in “Zebulon Pike Had A Wife.”
       For more information, call 578-6777.

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