The More Things Change Continued from: Part 1: “A Test of Faith” Part 2: “Independence and Influence” Part 3: “A Testament to a Legacy” Winfield Scott Stratton was a man whose destiny had been shaped by dreams. As a teenager, he dreamed of coming to Colorado to seek gold. As a destitute carpenter and part-time prospector, he dreamed of the location of his mother lode, and as a millionaire he
A Testament to a Legacy Continued from: Part 1: “A Test of Faith” Part 2: “Independence and Influence” Winfield Scott Stratton’s life had been directed by prophetic dreams: when he was a kid, he dreamed that he would leave his hometown of Jeffersonville, Indiana to seek his fortune in Colorado. As a middle-aged man, he dreamed that he would find gold on Battle Mountain near the town of Victor, Colorado.
Independence and Influence Continued from: Part 1: “A Test of Faith” As dawn broke on July 4, 1891, Winfield Scott Stratton stood upon his two claims near Victor, Colorado: the Washington and the Independence, named to commemorate the date on which they were claimed. Leslie Popejoy, Stratton’s former co-worker, had grubstaked Stratton the $275 it cost for the claims. Stratton sold a piece of property he owned in Denver for $250
Part 1: A Test of Faith Winfield Scott Stratton, Colorado Springs’ first and biggest nineteenth-century multi-millionaire, was the single largest contributor to Colorado Springs. He left a legacy that still thrives today, although most people don’t know it. This four-part series explores his life and its lasting impact on the Pikes Peak region. Born in Jeffersonville, Illinois in 1848 as one of eight children, by the time he was ten, he
I profiled the Tread of Pioneers Museum in a companion article, but my recent visit to Steamboat Springs reminded me of all the great activities people can do all year round (besides the obvious skiing, of course). Here are ten things to do this fall: History Happy Hour. The Tread of Pioneers Museum sponsors this fun event the first Tuesday of every month, from October through April. Hang out for
A few weeks ago I visited Steamboat Springs. Sounds like a funny name for a town that lies deep in Colorado mountain country, but its name origin is interesting: early trappers, attracted to the area by a steamboat-like chugging sound coming from a mineral spring, named the area Steamboat Springs. Later, James Crawford and his wife Margaret, known as the “Mother of Routt County,” established their homestead nearby in 1875,