Life wasn't easy for Adeline Hornbek. Born in Massachusetts in 1833, she married at 25 and moved to Oklahoma. She had three children before her husband died. She moved to Denver and married again in 1866 and had another child. Her husband soon disappeared, we don't know what happened to him, and she set out into a remote area of Colorado, purchasing 160 acres in Colorado's Florissant Valley. In 1878 she built the cabin you see here and somehow was able to overcome all the odds raising her children, running the ranch, working for a local merchant -- as a single mother on the frontier. A model of rugged individualism, Adeline was a pioneer in more ways than one.
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