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Old 09-13-2005   #1
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Pineview rock gauge on the Poudre River

Who first painted the gauge on the Rock above Pineview Falls? When? What were the circumstances?

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Old 09-13-2005   #2
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Sounds like the cops!!! SHHHHHHH

I really don't know, but it's been there for at least 9 years that I know of.

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Old 09-13-2005   #3
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much older than nine years i believe.
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Old 09-13-2005   #4
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I understand it is an ancient pictoglyph painted by an off course eskimo and that the site is slated for National Monument status.
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Old 09-13-2005   #5
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yes definetly a pictoglyph. definetly not a petroglyph because it is "painted" not carved into the rock with the myagi tree. and yes definetly slated for monument status. yes, yes eskimos in the last great migration from the frozen tundra escaping heavy growth in the sabor tooth and polar bear populations. ever seen ice age? same time frame. more ferocious predators though then the cartoon makes them out to be.
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Old 09-14-2005   #6
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well the owner of my rafting company often talks of 1983 when he ran pineview in a raft at 6'5" or something and that there was so much snow that it was 3 feet till october, i don't know if the stories have been exagerated, but the fact that he tells them in this manner makes me believe that the rock has been painted for a while
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Correction to all of you dumb asses.

It was the french trappers. They would travel from Saratoga WY over Cameron pass. They would then decide where to hunt based on the flow at the rock. It has only been used since 1972 for our recreational purposes. The indians had no purpose for that, they already knew where to hunt, "a little birdie told them"
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Old 09-15-2005   #8
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The Pineview gauge was painted with the blood of the local tribe, the Mishawaka, after the Pineview Massacre, in 1851. The Mishawaka was a small sect of the Ooah, and they valiantly defended the canyon for years, making raids on trapping and hunting parties. Finally troops were sent in to evict the Mishawaka, but they would not give in, and they fought to the death. The final battle was at the top of Pineview Falls, and the bodies were piled six feet deep. The gauge was painted for perspective when photos were taken soon after. The photos were kept in the CSU Library basement, and were lost in the flood of 1997.

Such were the ways of the Wild, Wild West

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