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Bird's Eye View of Pike's Peak, Colorado Springs, and the Surrounding Area.

Rare early view of Pike's Peak, illustrating a promotional brochure published by Gowdy Print in Colorado Springs.

Enos Mills, the “father of Rocky Mountain National Park,” proposed establishing a national park around Pikes Peak in the late 19th Century.  Colorado Congressman and Public Lands Committee member Charles Timberlake advanced the cause through the early 1900s, calling the Pikes Peak region “America’s scenic playground.”  “Within a radius of a dozen miles of the summit of Pikes Peak,” he said, “is a greater variety of wonderful scenery, more easily accessible than in any other equal area on the American continent.”

The panorama is taken from the East and shows the Rockies from Royal Gorge and Canyon City in the South to Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, Woodmen Home and Glen Eyrie, with Colorado Springs at the center. Places located in the valley include:

  • Broadmoor
  • Stratton Park
  • Printer's Home (Gowdy Printing?)
  • Colorado City
  • Monument Valley Park
  • Palmer
  • Golf Club
  • Phantom Cliff Canyon

On the verso 5 black and white photos and descriptions are included for:

  • Mt. Manitou Scenic Incline
  • Pike's Peak above the timber line
  • Williams Canyon and Cave of the Winds
  • Seven Falls in South Cheyenne Canyon
  • Cripple Creek Short Line
  • Cog Road Station near Pike's Peak Summit


We are unable to locate any other examples of this view.

Gowdy Printer's created a booklet in 1917 with a map, for which there is 1 known example (Colorado College).