• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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The Hornbek Hornbek Homestead Complex
Adeline Hornbek's Homestead
NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski
 
Hornbek Homestead Days 2010

A volunteer teaches park visitors about the life of homesteaders during the Hornbek Homestead Days in 2010.

NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski

The Historic Hornbek Homestead

Colorado's Florissant Valley lies 35 miles west of Colorado Springs on the flanks of Pikes Peak. To the north and east, the Rocky Mountains dominate the skyline. To the west lies high meadow land with large expanses of undulating native grasses so beautiful that early fur trappers to the area referred to it as a park. In the summer the grassy meadows are filled with the colored mists of thousands of wild flowers. In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.

For more information, ask for the Guide to the Hornbek Homestead in the Visitor Center

To learn more about Adeline Hornbek visit http://www.nps.gov/flfo/historyculture/adeline-hornbek.htm

Did You Know?

An elk herd in Florissant Fossil Beds NM

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument provides excellent habitat for a variety of mammals including bears, mountain lions, porcupines, ground squirrels, and a small herd of elk.