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Century Chest transcription 109

From C.E.H. Aiken
August 5, 1901

I came to Colorado from Chicago Ills. In Oct. 1871 just after the great fire of Oct. 9th.

Located on ranch at the big spring at foot of three conical hills in Turkey Creek Valley 20 miles south of Colorado Springs from which point I made trips in all directions in search of information concerning the birds of the west, of which very little was know at the time and to the study of which I gave almost my entire attention until 1877 when I found it necessary to engage in business in Colorado Springs.

Most of the early information concerning Colorado birds developed from my investigations.

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