Cherry Creek was a location rather than a specific settlement.
It referred to the area encompassed by the Denver City and
Auraria town sites.
Letter and envelope from E.P. "Pinkie" Stout.
Stout had arrived in Denver on October 26, 1858. He was
one of the original stockholders in Auraria Town Company
and the first president of the Denver City Town Company.
A street in downtown Denver was named after him in 1859.
The location of his home until 1861 is highlighted on map
to the right.
26 February 1859 Cherry Creek, Kansas Territory
to Cherry Fork, Ohio
Carried privately to Council Bluffs, Iowa where
it entered the mails more than a month later.
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Original letter of E.P. "Pinkie" Stout
"Miners are making
from 3 to 10 dol per day and speculators like myself
are making two or three times that amount...
The emigration is coming
in continually and our town is building almost like
a San Francisco. It already contains one church building,
one theater, an opera or ball room, any amount of
liquor and gambling saloons and one or two HHs [whore
houses] or assignation
houses which are to be supplied from Mexico and St.
Louis and Cincinnati.
Enclosed please find a specimen
dust which I give to sweet little Cora and tell her
Pinkie sent it. There is about enough to make her
a ring - just one dol worth I took from a few pans
of dirt a few days ago while trying my hand washing."