In the early 1900's, visitors to Colorado would take home Pikes Peak postcards to show their friends.
These color lithographs found their way into mementos from our grandparents, usually seen in photo albums.
Pikes Peak became a prominent tourist destination at the end of the 1800's.
People flocked here to be the first of their friends to hike, drive or be transported by locomotive to the summit.
Some believed the mountain held healing powers, such as mineral springs along the way and the crisp, clean air was therapeutic for lung problems.
The camera hadn't been invented yet, so these colorful lithographs were taken by professionals as souvenirs the visitors could take home to remember their trip.
I have downsized the postcards below from the originals for easier loading, but the detail still remains.
Because of downsizing, the original description is blurred so I have placed a caption under each postcard to describe the scene.
Let's take a look at a part of photographic history and Pikes Peak in the early years.
Notice the winding road all along Pikes Peak. It is still the same today. Dangerous switchbacks and viewing cutouts make driving this highway a real adventure.
A view looking up the Pikes Peak Highway from the town of Cascade.
This postcard is a picture of the old steam powered cog railway train heading up the tracks to the summit of Pikes Peak.
Pikes Peak cog railway train from summit of the peak.
Old Pikes Peak Weather Station at summit and snow covered Peak from a nearby town.
To find a treasure like this is really amazing. These color lithograph antique postcards were manufactured accordion style and placed in a linen cover.
When they were opened, they would just cascade downward, attached to each other, for viewing.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these postcards. I think I'll check out some garage sales and flea markets this summer and see if I can find some more like this to share with you.