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     “Fontaine qui Bouit, or the Boiling Fountain, is the name bestowed upon a considerable stream that heads under Pikes Peak. . . . and pursues a southerly course till it unites with the Arkansas.”       Rufus Sage, 1842

The muddy waters of Fountain Creek, right, merge with the Arkansas River at Pueblo. The Creek is the largest tributary of the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Faint trace of the Cherokee Trail east of Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak in the background.

From Pueblo, the Cherokee trail followed the east side of Fountain Creek to the town of Fountain. The trail then followed Jimmy Camp Creek.

Jimmy Camp, eight miles east of downtown Colorado Springs, was a well-known campsite named for Jimmy Daugherty, mountain man and trader in the 1830s.

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