In 1873, Joseph C. Jones settled for the
purpose of a hotel and restaurant for the convenience of persons
ascending to the summit of Pikes Peak. Jpnes wanted to
purchase the land, but there was no survey of Pikes Peak until
1874 when Edwin Kellogg surveyed the areaa. Jones had lived
in Colorado Territory since 1859 as a "prospector and explorer."
He paid $200 to acquire the 160 acres. jones died in 1882.
While Jones was the first homestead, other
homesteaders were much more important.
Comparison of Jone Park in 1903 and 2010:
For more Detail:
Homestead Land Claims
Frank F. Lavinge and Grace E. McDonald:
each 160 acres upstream from Jones in 1882. Lavinge was 24
years old and build a large log cabin. McDonald was 46 years
old (1887). They may have been mother and son.
Frank Hale: 158 acres 1887. 33 year
old physician and invalid. cabin and basement were 12 by 12 feet.
Second cabin was built of stone.
Frank Loud 1884:
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Peter Senkapaul: 120 acres 1889: cabin
build 1982, one room log house 12 by 14 feet; stable and cleared
land; wife and 3 children lived in the house until 1901.
Eidth Corliss and Edwin Giles 1889;
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Anna Morris acquired in 1914; 160 acres;
Sold land to city in 1926 together with Senkapaul claim. No
known building on claim.
Below: Foundation remains of cabin west of
the Bear Creek Inn on the Morris or Senkapaul claim was likely
the Senkapaul or Prebbles cabin (Pictured: 2009)
||Bucket (Pictured: 2009)
View to Can Opener Rock formattion
Metal cup and artifacts near Senkapaul cabin
Homestead Act (1862) CHAP. LXXV. —An Act to secure Homesteads to
actual Settlers on the Public Domain. Be it enacted by the Senate
and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
That any person who is the head of a family, or who has
arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and is a citizen of the
United States, ..., and who has never borne arms against the
United States Government or given aid and comfort to its enemies,
shall, ... be entitled to enter one quarter section or a less
quantity of unappropriated public lands ...