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"The Pike’s Peak News" newspaper wrapper

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." ~ Edmund Hillary

"Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing." ~ Barry Finlay, Kilimanjaro and Beyond

Pikes Peak News - newspaper wrapper 30 June 1893
This wrapper is postmarked 30 June 1893 from Manitou and addressed to Gottenberg in Sweden.

At 14,115 feet (4,302 metres) Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It is located in Pike National Forest, Colorado and is named after the American explorer Zebulon Pike; who failed to reach its summit in November 1806. Today it is the best known mountain in the United States, ascended by more than half a million tourists annually.

Pikes Peak was at the centre of a gold rush in 1859. A cog railway was installed to the peak in 1891 and in that same year there was a gold strike at Cripple Creek, on its southern slopes.

In 1893, when this wrapper was posted, the area would have been swarming with thousands of workers and visitors. The above example shows a wrapper posted by a visitor from Sweden - was this a tourist or was he a prospector?

This newspaper, published in Manitou Springs on the north-east slope and sold at “the summit of Pike’s Peak” would, no doubt, have found many buyers.

Cripple Creek had a population of 29,000 in 1900, today it is less than a 1,000.

For comprehensive information about Pikes Peak see The Pikes Peak Website.


United States newspaper wrappers with private overprint tend to very scarce. Over the last 12 years or so I have managed to collect and / or record a total of just 148 different overprints and in most cases only ever seen one or two copies of each.

Do you have any newspaper wrappers with a private overprint? - I would very much like to hear from you.