Montana City, Colorado

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Montana City was the first settlement in what was later to become Denver, Colorado.wikipedia
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Montana City was the first settlement in what was later to become Denver, Colorado.
In the summer of 1858, during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas established Montana City as a mining town on the banks of the South Platte River in what was then western Kansas Territory.

Grant-Frontier Park

The Montana City site is now Grant-Frontier Park and includes mining equipment and a log cabin replica.
It is the site of the Montana City settlement.

Pike's Peak Gold Rush

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It was established during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush on the east bank of the South Platte River, just north of the confluence with Little Dry Creek, in 1858.

South Platte River

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It was established during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush on the east bank of the South Platte River, just north of the confluence with Little Dry Creek, in 1858. That journey led the men along the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek and South Platte River.

Little Dry Creek (Arapahoe County, Colorado)

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It was established during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush on the east bank of the South Platte River, just north of the confluence with Little Dry Creek, in 1858.

Kansas Territory

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At the time, the site was in the Kansas Territory.

Auraria, Denver

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However, the gold diggings at Montana City proved disappointing, and the site was soon abandoned in favor of the settlement of Auraria, a few miles downstream.

Lawrence, Kansas

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John Easter, a butcher living in Lawrence, Kansas, heard of gold found "two days sleep" from Pikes Peak from Fall Leaf in 1857.

Pikes Peak

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John Easter, a butcher living in Lawrence, Kansas, heard of gold found "two days sleep" from Pikes Peak from Fall Leaf in 1857.

Lenape

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Fall Leaf was a member of the Delaware tribe living on a reservation near Lawrence, Kansas who met with Easter to negotiate the sale of a steer.

Arkansas River

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That journey led the men along the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek and South Platte River.

Fountain Creek (Arkansas River tributary)

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That journey led the men along the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek and South Platte River.

Santa Fe Trail

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The expedition traveled from northeastern Kansas with eleven wagons along the Santa Fe Trail.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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On June 28 the group arrived at the stone Bent’s Fort on the Arkansas River.

Julia Archibald Holmes

On the trip from Kansas were newlyweds twenty-year-old Julia Archibald Holmes and James H. Holmes.

Susan B. Anthony

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A personal friend of Susan B. Anthony, Julia was a feminist and abolitionist who wore a new costume of bloomers, baggy pants covered by a short calico skirt, which provided ease in walking not afforded by a long skirt.

Garden of the Gods

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After a month spent prospecting in the Pikes Peak and South Park areas, the group gave up on the idea of establishing a town near Garden of the Gods (present Old Colorado City district of Colorado Springs) and headed south towards New Mexico.

New Mexico

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After a month spent prospecting in the Pikes Peak and South Park areas, the group gave up on the idea of establishing a town near Garden of the Gods (present Old Colorado City district of Colorado Springs) and headed south towards New Mexico.

San Luis Valley

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While in the San Luis Valley they heard that gold had been discovered on the South Platte River at Dry Creek.

Fort Garland

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Another group went to Fort Garland, between the sites of Alamosa and Walsenburg, to restock their supplies.

Alamosa, Colorado

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Another group went to Fort Garland, between the sites of Alamosa and Walsenburg, to restock their supplies.

Walsenburg, Colorado

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Another group went to Fort Garland, between the sites of Alamosa and Walsenburg, to restock their supplies.

Taos, New Mexico

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Giving up the idea of prospecting for gold, others headed south to Taos, New Mexico.

History of Denver

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In the summer of 1858 a group from Lawrence, Kansas, arrived and established Montana City on the banks of the South Platte River (modern-day Grant-Frontier Park).

Katrina Wolf Murat

Joining the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, the Murats settled in Montana City, Colorado (or Aurora, Colorado) in 1848.