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Hornbek Homestead Buildings, Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument, Colorado, September 9, 2011
Hornbek Homestead Buildings, Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument, Colorado, September 9, 2011

Florissant Fossil Beds (Exit 78)

“Adeline Hornbek was not a typical homesteader.  In the 1870s, after the loss of two husbands and two homes, this single mother of four moved her family to the Florissant Valley.  At a time when women had few opportunities to own property, she filed a claim to homestead 160 acres here. Within seven years, Adeline had built a sizable house and nine outbuildings, and had acquired $4,000 worth of livestock.  On top of the daily work of homestead chores and raising children, she added a job at the general store in Florissant.”

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