Tuesday – September 19th
Cold wind blew most all night. Left rather early on our way. Saw our first “Jack Rabbit.” Lots of them were dead on the road where autos had struck them at night. Shot a prairie dog with my pistol. Very pretty little animal. Saw man and wife in “ox cart” from Conn. bound for California. Had been on road for 2 years. Passed thru home of “Kit Carson” great scout. Have supper and travel till 10:30 p.m. Tuttle and McDonald slept on ground. Mitch and myself take the Ford.
Mileage total will be combined with Sept 20th since I’m not sure where they stopped.
They were still on the Union Pacific and Victory Highways.
I’m not sure where the home of “Kit Carson” is that he talks about. There is a Kit Carson County in Colorado which would be on their route, but Kit Carson actually lived (and died) in Boggsville Colorado which was much further south of their route.
Wednesday – September 20th
Was woke up by “Grey Hound.” Got up early and traveled to Deer Trail where we had breakfast. Got to Denver about 9:30 a.m. Fine weather- expected snow- Very pretty place- 33 parks and play grounds. Fine buildings and congenial people. Left at noon for Longmont to see Uncle Geo Powell. Hardly knew me when I drove up. He gets his car out and takes us out to his ranch. The scenery is beautiful. The Rocky Mountains towering in the back ground. Had supper 6:30. Houck Powell and his wife came in so we chat till about 11:00 pm. Slept in 1st bed since leaving home.
Approximate mileage for the last two days is 313 miles.
I think more miles were probably driven on the 19th, but to be accurate I combined the two days. They continued on the Union and Victory Highways.
Houck Powell’s mother (Mary Alice Houck) was from Lenoir and moved to Colorado with George Robert Powell (Uncle Geo). She had 12 children. Houck’s wife was Dena Hoffman. Mary’s parents were Leander Houck and Anna Catherine Link. Uncle Geo was also from Caldwell County and was the son of Joseph Tucker Powell and Martha Kincaid. The Houck’s were kin to the LeFevre’s. Anna Houck was the mother of Maimie Lenore LeFevre (Marvin’s Wife), therefore Maimie and Mary Alice were sisters.
Thursday September 21st
Had a fine nights rest. Ate breakfast and started for Estes Park. Went up thru south fork of St Vrain Canyon thru Estes Park and Longs Peak which is 14552 feet high which is highest in U.S. Came down thru the Big Thompson Canyon. The scenery was wonderful. The weeping birch, short leaf pine, fir trees and others made beautiful color schemes on the sides of the mountains. Uncle Geo, Tuttle and McDonald retire rather early leaving Aunt Mary, Pearl, Mitch and myself to discuss the topic of the day. Retired about 10:30. Pearl kissed me good night.
Approximate mileage 91.3 miles.
Pearl, Pearl Augusta “Polly”, was Uncle Geo and Aunt Mary’s daughter. She married Eugene Husted. She was born the same year Lloyd was born.
Estes Park is one of the entrance areas for the Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs Peak is part of the park.
Big Thompson Canyon had the catastrophic floods in 2013 when Colorado got so much rain.
Friday – September 22nd
Left for Lookout Mtn. about 8:00a.m where Wm F. Cody known as Buffalo Bill is buried, arriving there about 10 a.m. The grave is made of concrete with iron fence around it and U.S. Flag flying over it. Nearby is museum showing all of Cody’s old guns, saddles, bridles, uniforms and other personal belongings. Also, Indian guns and other things which he captured. Scalp of Chief of Red Hand who Cody killed in hand to hand fight. Grave is on very top of mountain. Overlooks prairies for 50 miles around. Home of Hermit who rode with Cody is visible on opposite mountain. Get back to Longmont about 3:00pm and take up our journey. Camp in school house yard near Ft. Collins.
Approximate mileage 116 miles.
Bill Cody died in 1917 so Lloyd visited only 5 years later. Louisa, his wife, was buried next to him in 1921, the same year they created the museum.