In Memory of Erin O’Keefe


Mountain Rats 1876 a

A somber ceremony at Pike’s Peak 1876. The dangers of the new frontier were many, and there were many horrible ways one could part from the living.

Mountain Rats 1876

The U.S. Signal Service (an early Weather Bureau) built a telegraph station on the summit [of Pike’s Peak] in 1873 to monitor the weather, and a guard was posted in Manitou at the beginning of the trail to collect a toll for hiking to the summit.

In May of 1876, tragedy befell the O’Keefe family when their daughter Erin was apparently eaten by mountain rats. The true story may be found here.

[Bottom image found here, top image here. Related post here.]


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4 Responses to “In Memory of Erin O’Keefe”

  1. calo Says:

    Bah, it was a fake photoshop!
    I feel dupped.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Calo– Didn’t clicky the linky didja? Not a photoshop as far as I know, although there are differences between the tomb stone showed in each pic.

  3. calo Says:

    I did.

    “” On May 25, 1876, an interesting hoax was perpetrated by one of the soldiers and his wife who lived at the summit house when they claimed that their baby daughter had been eaten by giant rats! “”

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Calo– I saw no mention of photoshop.

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