Growing up in Texas with Colorado as our playground we are familiar with Pike’s Peak (and I don’t plan to drive to that one ever again!) Anyway, this was actually the first Pike’s Peak and offered quite the view of the Mississippi River. Apparently Pike suggested this promontory as a good location for a fort. Unfortunately, the powers that be at the time thought it would be better located down on the flat and it turned out Pike was probably right. Where they built it turned out to be very vulnerable to the British as well as the Native Americans, both of whom kept burning it!