Homesteads of Pikes Peak, Jones Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado


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History of Jones Park and the Colorful Characters

that Pioneered the Cheyenne Canyon 

 Colorado Springs, Colorado 





History of Homestead in Jones Park





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: See more on Loud

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; See more on the Giles Family

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 Congress assembled,

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 ...