On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1806.

When most folks hear the name Zebulon Pike, their thoughts generally take them to the Rocky Mountains and one of the best-known mountain tops in Colorful Colorado: Pikes Peak – just west of Colorado Springs. But when you dig deeper into the story of Zebulon Pike, you’ll find that there’s another Pikes Peak – an earlier one – located right here in the Hawkeye State.

On returning from his 1805-1806 Mississippi River Expedition, Zebulon Pike described his men as being “perfectly capable of getting the job done, but all in all, a set of Dam’d Rascals!”

“For those men have served with me many a long year and notwithstanding – they are such Dam’d Rascals that you could keep no ducks or fowls for them, yet I think them very clever fellows.”


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