FRONT RANGE The part of this chain which is seen from Denver is called the Front Range. In 1874 a member of the Hayden Survey wrote: (This range) "being unnamed, we have called it the Front or Colorado Range"` Another name is the "Rampart Range", covering that part of the Front Range extend- ing from the South Platte River to Fountain Creek. The six peaks of the Front Range have, of all our peaks, the best and most appropriate names. These include the two most famous explorers of Colorado, the two most famous American botanists, the greatest painter of Rocky Mountain scenes, and the Governor of Colorado during the Civil War. They are also, all, appropriate. Two of the men, Pike and Long, discovered the peaks which bear their names. Two, Gray and Torrey, named many of our Rocky Mountain flora. One, Bierstadt, painted a famous picture near the peak named from him. The sixth, Evans, lived at the foot of Mount Evans. These names were given because explorers and scientists reached the range before the miners and surveyors. JAMES Gardner, Hayden Survey Bulletin, ;o1. 1, sec. 2, page l3.
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