Nov 11

Pingree Park namesake led wild, controversial life

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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Nov 11

Chief Left Hand (Niwot) – from Wikipedia

Chief Niwot or Left Hand(-ed) (c. 1825–1864) was a tribal leader of the Southern Arapaho people and played an important part in the history of Colorado. Chief Niwot and his people lived along the Front Range often wintering in Boulder Valley, site of the future Boulder, Colorado. Despite breaching the borders of Arapaho territory, early prospectors were welcomed by Niwot in Boulder Valley during the Colorado Gold Rush. Niwot was thought to have died with many of his people at the hands of the Third Colorado Cavalry in the Sand Creek Massacre, which was one of the precipitating events that led to some three decades of Indian Wars throughout the American West. Throughout Boulder County, many places pay tribute to Chief Niwot and the Arapaho Tribe. The census-designated place of Niwot, Colorado, Left Hand Creek, Left Hand Canyon, Niwot Mountain, Niwot High School, Niwot Elementary, Niwot Ridge and the Left Hand Brewing Company are all named for him. Additionally, a main thoroughfare through Boulder is Arapahoe [sic] Avenue.


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Nov 11

Sand Creek massacre – from Wikipedia

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Sand Creek Massacre:


The Sand Creek Massacre (also known as the Chivington Massacre, the Battle of Sand Creek or the Massacre of Cheyenne Indians) was an atrocity in the American Indian Wars that occurred on November 29, 1864, when a 700-man force of Colorado Territory militia attacked and destroyed a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho inhabited in southeastern Colorado Territory,[3] killing and mutilating an estimated 70–163 Indians, about two-thirds of whom were women and children. The location has been designated the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and is administered by the National Park Service.

Read the rest of it here: Sand Creek massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.