Mountain Men were early explorers who traveled the American West in the years following the explorations of Lewis and Clark. These courageous men made a living off the lucrative fur trade. They were also instrumental in locating the various trails which were later widened for use by wagon trains and other settlers traveling west. Ken Valles, local resident and Mountain Men researcher, will share his knowledge about the Mountain Man era (1820-1840) at the Pikes Peak Historical Society April Chautauqua. The program will include the Mountain Man’s role in America’s history, key individuals, unique events and stories, with a chronologic overview.
Even though he was born in Chicago, Ken Valles has studied and traveled much of the American West and Southwest over the last 40 years, including working with people of the Navajo Nation. He also has studied the Pacific Theater of WWII, and Japanese martial arts for over 35 years. He has made various presentations in several states and foreign countries. He began KP Chronicles to share America’s unique history to young and old alike, including patriotism, culture, little known facts, and elements of Faith. Ken has 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren, and currently lives in Divide, Colorado.
The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about the Mountain Men who explored this country at the PPHS monthly Chautauqua on Sunday, April 15th at 2pm at the Florissant Library. The Library is located adjacent to the Florissant Community Park on 334 Circle Drive in Florissant. This program is presented as a public service of the Pikes Peak Historical Society in partnership with the Rampart Range Library System. Admission is free and refreshments are served. No reservation is required but arrive early, seating is limited. For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.