Zebulon Montgomery Pike

Zebulon Montgomery Pike, 1779 - 1813 In 1805, Lieutenant Pike and 20 men came from St. Louis to explore the Upper Mississippi River as official representatives of the United States of America. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 had made most of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers' drainage areas the property of the United States. There is debate about when he might have explored "Pikes Peak" in Colorado and when he was on the Iowa side of the Mississippi on the bluffs at what is now called Pikes Peak State Park. Pictured here as he might have been gazing from St. Feriole Island over to the bluffs across the river to "Pikes Peak", Iowa and in the direction of "Pikes Peak", Colorado.