May 09, 2009

A Few Facts about Fowler, Colorado

Today, students, a one-question quiz about Fowler, Colorado.

Fowler is known for

a. its speed traps
b. having the nearest livestock sale barn to Pueblo and Fremont counties
c. being named for a noted phrenologist
d. all of the above
e. none of the above

The answer is d.

Orson Squire Fowler was born in New York state, attended Amherst College, hung out with the famous abolitionist clergyman Henry Ward Beecher, and "had a vision" while passing through southern Colorado on a lecture tour, according to David Dary, author of Frontier Medicine: From the Atlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941.

He leased 5,000 acres of land thirty miles east of Pueblo on the Arkansas River and filed a plat .... He wanted to build an irrigation ditch and import a colony of fruit growers. Land improvements were started, and a mile of the ditch had been completed when Fowler became ill and returned to his New York home, where he died on his large estate near Amenia, New York, in August 1889.

And is anyone interpreting skull bumps in Fowler today?

1 comment:

Friar Tuck said...

Thanks. I thought I knew some about Fowler, bu I guess I have learned more.