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Helen Hunt Jackson's Grave
Cheyenne Mountain, Colo.


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Helen Hunt Jackson's Grave, Cheyenne Mountain, Colo. Used penny postcard, canceled Dec. 1, 1912, at Denver. Mailed to Mrs. Lillian Knack of Amsterdam, N.Y. Manitou Post Card Co., Manitou, Colo., Made in Germany.

Indian rights activist Helen Hunt Jackson, author of "A Century of Dishonor" and the 1884 novel "Ramona," which used the Del Valle family's Rancho Camulos in the Santa Clarita Valley as a backdrop, succumbed to stomach cancer one year after publication of the latter, on Aug. 12, 1885, in San Francisco. She was 54.

Her second husband, William Sharpless Jackson, a banker and railroad executive, buried her at Inspiration Point at Seven Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls on Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, Colo., where the couple had met a decade earlier.

The highly popular writer's gravesite, a large mound of rocks and wood encircled by evergreen trees, became a tourist attraction. Visitors tacked messages on trees. Her remains were later moved to Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.



LW2988: 9600 dpi jpeg from original postcard purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.
HELEN HUNT JACKSON & RAMONA

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Camulos Visit,
SoCal Observations
(Odell 1939)

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Portraits x2

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HHJ Gravesite 1912
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I Knew Ramona, by Jose Jesus Lopez
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Roberts Story 1886
Carter Story 1900/02
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"Narrow Trail" by Wyeth 1939
Story: Ventura Museum 1998
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