Take a trip back in time...to the mid-19th century...to the days of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Join the Lawrence Party on their trek to the mountains in the spring of 1858. Climb Pikes Peak with the Bloomer Girl, Julia Holmes. Be there for Green Russell's discovery of gold on Dry Creek. Experience firsthand the frenzied Rush of 1859. Get to know the stories of the first Pike's Peakers, the men and women who left home and family in search of Colorado gold.
The mountaineers were involved in the Pike's Peak Gold Rush almost from its inception. By the late 1850's, most had become Indian traders - colorful, carefree, sometimes cantankerous merchants who bartered for furs and hides among the westering tribes.
The merchants of the Missouri River towns spent the fall and winter of 1858-59 laying in supplies to sell to the tens of thousands of Pike's Peakers, who were sure to rush to the mountains once spring weather came.
Newspaperman Horace Greeley's timely arrival at the new Gregory Diggings resulted in the Greeley Report, a factual account of the gold being mined. This report was published in the Rocky Mountain News of June 11, 1859, and was generally credited with having saved the gold rush.