This “neutral reporting” about George Pingree is from an article in the North Forty News written (quite well written, in fact,) by Dan MacArthur
Here it is:
Life was no walk in the park for George Pingree or the pioneers who followed him, carving out a rugged existence in the unforgiving upper Poudre Canyon.
Living is considerably easier for those now drawn to Pingree’s namesake valley, now a Colorado State University campus and conference center. Thousands trek to Pingree Park every year to take classes, attend conferences and experience the spirit that sustained those sturdy trailblazers through the hard times.
Pingree was a colorful man with a rich and checkered history. It’s a history that’s also difficult to precisely nail down, given the lack of documentation and innate inaccuracy of oral histories that tend to get distorted with every telling.
Despite those difficulties, a historical consensus emerges from the collective sources, including a dramatic 1911 newspaper interview and information provided by CSU, the Colorado Historical Society and other local researchers.
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