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    Zebulon Montgomery Pike, the American explorer for whom Pikes Peak is named, led an expedition through the southwestern portion of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase in 1806-7. Pike was later killed in the Battle of York during the War of 1812.
    Zebulon Montgomery Pike
  • Statue of Zebulon Pike in front of Antlers Hotel

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    Buggies and people with umbrellas gather around a likeness of Zebulon Pike erected for the 25th anniversary of Colorado's statehood, in front of the Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. The plaster statue succumbed to the elements soon after it was made.
    Statue of Zebulon Pike in front of Antlers Hotel
  • Pike's Expedition in Colorado



Donald Jackson, The Journals of Zebulon Montgomery Pike with Letters and Related Documents, 2 vols. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1966).

Jared Orsi, Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Additional Information: 

Tim Blevins, Matt Mayberry et al., eds., “To Spare No Pains”: Zebulon Montgomery Pike and His 1806–1807 Southwest Expedition (Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 2007).

Jack Kyle Cooper, Zebulon Montgomery Pike’s Great Western Adventure, 1806–1807 (Colorado Springs: Clausen Books, 2007).

Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley, eds., Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012).

Eugene W. Hollon, The Lost Pathfinder: Zebulon Montgomery Pike (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1949).

Jared Orsi, “Zebulon Pike and His ‘Frozen Lads’: Bodies, Nationalism, and the West in the Early Republic,” Western Historical Quarterly (Spring 2011).

Steve Walsh, Zebulon Montgomery Pike: Explorer and Military Officer, Great Lives in Colorado History (Palmer Lake, CO: Filter Press, Colorado Humanities, Denver Public Schools, 2011).