Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pike's Peak Prospector

Today's picture is from 1900, and it shows a prospector on Pike's Peak. This guy looks like he is very well equipped, and I bet he could keep the cabin nice and toasty in the winter. Not sure if he ever found the gold he was looking for but he did have a nice little homestead there.


  1. I wonder if he moved his wood burner inside during the Winter months??

    1. I was wondering the same thing.

  2. My guess is the cabin was pretty much a summertime dwelling. The stove being outside is the main clue. You put the stove outside when you want to cook without getting the cabin heated up to the point where sleeping is uncomfortable. You put the stove inside when it's used for both heat and cooking.

    I was partly raised in a cabin with such a stove. Our stove was inside since we used the cabin in late fall and early winter as well as summer. Having packed the stove uphill from the river, where we had landed the rowboat we brought it in with, I can say those things are heavy, even when they're disassembled for ease of carry. Lots of heavy cast iron goes into them.

  3. I forgot to mention: it's also significant the cabin pictured is near Pike's Peak. Pike's Peak is 14,114 feet at the summit and the surrounding area is mostly above 9,000 feet, so there'd be a huge snow cover during the winter. That would make prospecting tedious to say least. Better to sit in a saloon in Manitou Springs during the bitter months. It's at 6,400 feet, but at least the stove is indoors there.


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