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2006-2007 marked the bicentennial of Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike's expedition up the Arkansas River & down into Mexico (then New Spain.) 


I participated in several events throughout the fall & winter 2006-2007 to celebrate this.  Putting together costumes & learning the music of the time was a major part of it.  I also made a recording of songs of Pike's era with my friends Don Richmond & Rex Rideout.


There were many events throughout southeastern Colorado in January 2006 that went into 2007.  The main site to find out all things Pike is The Pike Page from the Santa Fe Trail Association.  Other sites which I used as a resource or other folks involved in this project were:




Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Union Avenue Historic District

El Pueblo History Museum

Colorado Gators

Destination Pueblo

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Bents Old Fort

Santa Fe Trails Scenic and Historic Byway

Colorado Historical Society


Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center

Royal Gorge Route

Frontier Pathways

Historical Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo

Fremont County History

Local History Center - Caņon City

Caņon City Municipal Museum


Pike History

Zebulon Pike: Hard-Luck Explorer

Zebulon Pike: Hard-Luck Explorer or Successful Spy?


Pike Journals

The Southwestern Journals of Zebulon Pike, 1806-1807 - brand new southwestern journal of Pike expedition by my friend, Mark Gardner.  This is the only journal of Pike available that is currently in print!

American Journeys - pdf's of original journals


Pike Documentary

Zebulon Pike and the Blue Mountain


Pike Music (Colonial & Revolutionary War) for your event

Mark Gardner & Rex Rideout - widely recognized historians & old-time musicians


Tom Munch