This peak is #32 on the Height List for Colorado . This peak is #2 in Prominence List for Colorado .Located in Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains W of Colorado Springs. The first non-natives to sight Pikes Peak were the members of the Pike expedition, led by Zebulon Pike who failed to reach the summit in their attempt. In 1893 rich gold desposits were discovered in an ancient volcanic caldera 5 miles wide on the west slope. This became the Cripple Creek Mining District, and led in 1893 to the last major gold rush in the lower forty-eight states.
In July 1860, Clark, Gruber & Company began minting gold coins in Denver bearing the phrase "Pikes Peak Gold" and an artist's rendering of the peak on the obverse. As the artist had never actually seen the peak, it looks nothing like it. In 1863 the US Treasury purchased their minting equipment for $25,000 to open the Denver Mint.
Katharine Lee Bates was moved to write the words to the song "America the Beautiful" in 1893, after having traveled to the top of Pikes Peak on a carriage ride.
The uppermost portion of Pikes Peak, defined as that part above 14,000 feet elevation, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
Name Notes: During the period of exploration in Colorado, many would refer to the mountain as "Pike's Peak," after Zebulon Pike, the man who first documented it. Later, some suggested "James' Peak," after Edwin James, the man who first climbed it. The name went back and forth until it was settled as the former.
Originally the peak was called "Pike's Peak", but in 1891, the newly-formed US Board on Geographic Names recommended against the use of apostrophes in names, so officially the name of the peak does not include an apostrophe. In addition, in 1978 the Colorado state legislature passed a law mandating the use of "Pikes Peak" only. Even so, the old name is often seen.