Cincinnati: Strobridge & Co., 1874. Lithograph, 8.5 x 11 inches. Old fold lines, corners worn and slightly chipped, a few small tape repairs and adhesive residue at corners on verso. Minor wear and soiling. About very good. Item #1928
Scarce and attractive bird's-eye view of Colorado Springs, printed as a pictorial letter sheet. The image, lithographed by Strobridge & Company of Cincinnati from a sketch by E.S. Glover in 1874, shows the growing town from the southeast, situated on the fringe of the Plains and Rockies, with the mountains and Pike's Peak rising in the background. A road leads up to the smaller, wilder town of Colorado City and the even smaller community of Manitou, which fades into Ute Pass, and a train chugs along the line of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, which passes through the center of the image. A half dozen geological and geographical points of interest are labeled and identified in a legend on either side of the title. Colorado Springs had only been founded three year prior, in 1871, by General William Jackson Palmer, who hoped to establish a high-end resort town that could offer access to local hot springs and natural attractions and provide an alternative to the saloons of Colorado City, first settled as a mining town in 1859 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Palmer also established the Denver & Rio Grande in the same year with the primary (never accomplished) aim of connecting Denver and El Paso, but also conveniently passing through Colorado Springs.
This is the first printed view of Colorado Springs; it was also published in a fuller size, equally scarce. Of the present, postable version of the view, we locate only three copies -- at Colorado College, Denver Public Library, and Yale.
Reps 472 (ref).