October 17, 2017

Today in History: Holmes Reaches Pikes Peak

The First Woman on Pike's Peak
Today in History–August 5–the Library of Congress features Julia Archibald Holmes, who summited Pikes Peak on this date in 1858. She did so wearing her “American costume” of a hat, moccasins, short dress, and bloomers, the latter leading to the moniker bloomer girl. Learn more about this adventurous lady and the famous Colorado mountain peak by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below.

Julia Archibald Holmes Reaches Pike’s Peak from America’s Library

The First Woman on Pike’s Peak” newspaper article

Pike’s Peak historical newspaper coverage

Pike’s Peak images

Correspondence and U.S. statutes related to Pike’s Peak area

Pike’s Peak area maps

A bloomer girl on Pike’s Peak, 1858: Julia Archibald Holmes, first white woman to climb Pike’s Peak (public library)

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