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On December 5, 1872, Nathaniel Colby homesteaded the 160 acres (0.65 km2) that included the present day Seven Falls and South Cheyenne Cañon. Colby did not want the possible value of his purchase, for nine months later he sold the land to the Colorado Springs Land Company for $1000.
Later owners realized little profit from the land until 1882 when James Hull purchased the property for $1300. Mr. Hull was a naturalist who was disturbed to note the scenic beauty of the canyon was being threatened by the felling of trees for their lumber value. Hull had already purchased 160 acres (0.65 km2) west of Seven Falls for $500 and later secured an additional 80 acres by preemption in 1885.
Hull was also a businessman, and he understood the value of the "ranch" as it was then called. He advertised the property as a scenic resort and began to improve it by constructing a road through the canyon to the Seven Falls and building a stairway along the side of the Falls. He installed a toll gate at the foot of the canyon and proceeded to do business. Access to the Falls in those days was largely by carriages, burros and saddle horses furnished by a local entrepreneur named Hunter who paid James Hull and his sons $500 for the privilege of taking passengers to the Falls for 25 cents each.
In 1900 after Hull's sons took over the property the county assessor valued the property at $80,000 while the local newspaper, The Gazette, suggested the value at over $200,000. In 1905 the property now containing 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) was purchased by C.D. Weimer for $250,000.
It cost $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. This is really beautiful place to visit. You can take the elevator to Eagles Nest lookout and get a great view of the canyon and the Seven Falls. Or you can climb up all those steps to the top of the falls. I saw some wildlife; chimpmunks, bluejays, and a eagle. I did not have all the time I wanted to spend here but I made the most of it.
I suggest getiing there early, I had to wait in my car for fourty minutes until a car would leave so I could have a place to park. It was crowded because of the Democratic National Convention, USAF Academy Openhouse Weekend, and the Broadmor was having a antique car show. It was a little crazy this weekend.
After a long and very busy day my stomach was calling to me...feed me!! I found Ruby Tuesdays. It's something llike a Chili's or Applebee's. I ordered a small steak with shrimp scampi, fried rice, baked potato, and steamed broccoli and a MOJITO to drink. Everything was so delicious. It usualy is when your so hungry. After dinner I headed back to my room. I took a shower and uploaded my photos to Travbuddy. I love this site...it is so addictive:))))