National Geographic : 1932 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph courtesy the Colorado Association THE GHOSTS OF "LITTLE BOY BLUE" AND THE "CALICO CAT" MAY FROLIC HERE In this cottage Eugene Field, children's poet, lived while writing daily comments for the Denver Tribune, now expired. It was during this period that he wrote "Pitty Pat" and "Tippie Toe." The cottage has been moved to Washington Park and serves, appropriately, as a chil dren's library, in which Field's complete works and other juvenile books are kept. The Public Library, of which the cottage library is a branch, is assembling original Field manuscripts. Over the town towers the mountain whose name is more familiar than any other in America-Pikes Peak. Capt. Zebulon Pike first saw it from far to the southeast when he went West in 1806 to explore the southern part of the Louisiana Purchase. He called it "The Grand Peak." But he never set foot on it. Like a typical tender foot, he tried, naively, to climb it before the noon meal one autumn day. After two days of hard scrambling he reached the top of a lower, near-by mountain and gave it as his opinion that "no human being could have ascended to its summit." Climbing Pikes Peak's 14,110 feet was found in later years to be a reasonably easy matter. For 40 years now a cog railway has been carrying thousands of passengers to the cool, breezy top every summer. An automobile highway also extends to the summit now, and along it in midsummer moves a steady stream of traffic. Up the last 12 miles of the Pikes Peak Highway is run each Labor Day one of the classic American motor-car races; and cars have covered this looping, steep-climbing route in a trifle more than 17 minutes. Near Colorado Springs is Manitou, with its medicinal springs; and in other direc tions caves, scenic canyons, waterfalls, the tumbled rock formations of the Garden of the Gods, and trails that thread the forests over hill and mountain. Hotels are scat tered through the city and suburbs and are even perched on near-by mountain tops. DENVER, CAPITAL OF TIIE ROCKIES When you enter Denver you come to the urban hub of nearly one-fifth of the United States. A State capital, a great Western city, a gateway to the mountains-all these Denver is and more. Spokes of influence extend from it into the entire Rocky Moun tain area, and into large regions of the ad joining plains States as well, making it the financial, commercial, and industrial center of a vast area. No other city in the United States with a quarter-million population is so far removed-500 miles or more-from all other big cities.