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A group of valley ranchers stand in front of the blacksmith shop–Pueblo County Beulah Valley had its years of cattle thieves, timber cutters, cattlemen, and summer homeowners. Photo courtesy of Pueblo City-County Library.

A Quiet Little Place: Beulah, Colorado

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During and after the Civil War, numerous settlers flocked to the Old West, looking for a new way of life. Today, Beulah is a haven for summer visitors, who are looking for a quiet place to relax or spend time hiking, fishing or picnicking. But in the beginning, it was a place to escape from the terrors of th…

fisher's hole and mace's hole in beulah, colorado
Fisher’s Hole and Mace’s Hole in Beulah. The valley community has been a get-away for all sorts since the mid-19th century. Photo courtesy of Pueblo City-County Library.

During and after the Civil War, numerous settlers flocked to the Old West, looking for a new way of life.
Today, Beulah is a haven for summer visitors, who are looking for a quiet place to relax or spend time hiking, fishing or picnicking.
But in the beginning, it was a place to escape from the terrors of the Civil War.
Over the years, it has been rumored that it was the confederates who settled the Beulah Valley. Nevertheless, according to Colorado Division of the Sons of  the Confederate, “Confederate Gen. Henry Sibley organized his Army of New Mexico to invade New Mexico (in 1861 in order to open a way to the Pacific). Capt. George Madison was commissioned by Gen. Sibley to venture into Colorado with a two-fold mission: disrupt federal mail and communication lines,  help organize Confederate recruitment in Colorado.”
The archives added that it was rumored that many of the Southern sympathizers, who formed a Southern Military Regiment, were sent to the Pikes Peak area before hiding in Mace’s Hole under the  command of Col. John Heffinger, who recruited and prepared them for battle. It was Gen Sibley’s goal to capture New Mexico in order to “open a path to the Pacific” and to take the gold  mines in Colorado to help the South in the war effort.
In early 1862, Capt. Madison and his men captured the mail on its way to Fort Garland. Under Col. Heffinger’s command, the unit planned a raid on the fort, but when Federal soldiers learned of the encampment at Mace’s Hole, it broke up the regiment while many of the Confederates were gone.
“The Federals took those who remained in camp that day prisoner,” Colorado Division of the Sons of  the Confederate said. “Following this, Col. Heffinger, his officers, including Capt. Madison and his men, were all ordered to join Sibley in New Mexico,” thus ending the Confederate influence in the valley, the history said.
Lake Tucita, Beulah, CO
Developed by Col. CN Sellers, Lake Tucita, which set where the Beulah Mercantile Store currently is, provides rest and relaxation for boaters and picnickers. Photo courtesy of Pueblo City-County Library.

During this time, John Jacob Sease brought several members of his family to Pueblo, where they temporarily lived along the lower St. Charles River in 1863. Later, he and his family moved to a dugout, which was rumored to have been built by Juan Mace and his sons in Mace’s Hole or what is now known as Beulah. Along the way, the family built a log house by the springs in Sellers pasture, according to the book titled, “From Mace’s Hole, The Way It Was, To Beulah, The Way It Is,” published by The Beulah Historical Society.
Upon settling in Mace’s Hole, Sease laid out the first irrigation ditch to water his fields. A year later, he and John Boggs engineered another irrigation ditch, which is still in use today. In 1874, Sease returned to Missouri, where he married Narissa “Nora” Sprinkle and brought her back to the valley, accompanied by her sister Susanna, who later married Frank Schuneman. His first son, John Joseph, by an earlier marriage, homesteaded on lower North Creek, where he built a log home that is still standing, the book added.
Other pioneers included Boggs, who was lured to the frontier in 1860 to Denver, where he worked in the fields of law, business and public service for seven years. At one point, he helped prepare the territory for statehood then moved to Pueblo, where he practiced law to some extent. He also volunteered with the Colorado Volunteers to chase marauding Indians. During this time with the group, Boggs first discovered the Beulah valley, which caught his imagination. Because there were other lawyers already established in Pueblo, Boggs purchased and sold livestock, spending a winter on Peter K. Dotson’s ranch, where he protected his livestock and was able to feed and water them. He and his four sons moved to Mace’s Hole in 1867 and flourished for more than 40 years, improving the land, raising good crops, building roads and working to contribute t…
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