Guffy: From Mineral Strike to Meteor Strike


Come and discover the geological, historical, and cultural wonders of Guffey, as local resident, Steven Veatch presents at the Pikes Peak Historical Society June Chautauqua. Guffey is a quiet Park County hamlet that sits at the foot of a nest of ancient volcanoes. Learn about prehistoric eruptions of molten lava, hissing springs, and spewing vents. Enjoy a breathtaking virtual tour of old mines, secret hollows, and sweeping landscapes. Hear the story about the town’s namesake and his oil company. See photos of the picturesque buildings that remain today. Top off the afternoon by learning about Guffey’s forgotten meteor strike. Discover Guffey while you enjoy this image-rich lecture that will stay with you long after the day is over.


Steven Veatch was born in Denver and grew up in the Pikes Peak region. His family came to Cripple Creek in the 1890s from England and worked in the district’s mines for over 40 years. The other side of his family established a ranch in the wilderness near Boulder in 1865. Veatch has an MA in Business Management and an M.S. in Earth Science. He served in the Navy Reserves for 16 years. Veatch is well known to Colorado geologists and nature enthusiasts for his articles, papers, workshops, and classes on Earth science and writing. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs.

The Pikes Peak Historical Society invites you to learn more about the history and geology of Guffey at the PPHS monthly Chautauqua on Sunday, June 24th 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 Library District. 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