- Federal Census 1870-1900
- Colorado Business Directories 1880, 1881, 1888, 1892, 1909-11, 1915, 1920, 1923
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Map 1914
- 1937 list of residents and property owners. 1947 El Paso County Directory - some Fountain entries
1870 Federal Census
Settlement in the area was still very rural, and people’s addresses were not recorded on the census. This is a list of people who got their mail in Fountain, or at the Post Office called
(Mrs. V Beeson of Fountain sold eggs in 1900, advertising in the Gazette)
Bell, James F b 1824 VA millwright
Redman, Ed b 1830 NY herder
These individuals headed households in the village of Fountain. From their occupations, we can see that there were now a few stores in town.
|Denver Evening Post Sep 22, 1899|
The 1900 census for Fountain
Rancher and deputy sheriff, died at 31
City and Business Directories
The 1880 Colorado Business Directory listed these sheep growers, all with a Fountain PO address, which stretched for miles in each direction, including east to Hwy 115. In town, JW Ross sold general merchandise.
In the 1881 Directory they have added these wool growers: JH Ames, Brown and Jones, J Cameron, HH Cookes, DM Howard, Bond and Parmer. Additional cattle growers were MB Corbin, CJ Croft and G Rhodes. In the 1883 directory, Hutchin and Irvine were grocers.
A listing from about 1888 showed these merchants in town: AE Ames, real estate, Ames and son, merchandise, AJ Benedict, postmaster, EB Grosskreutz, dry goods, OS Loomis, livery, Robert McCune, lumber, Mrs Mitchell - boarding house, EE Reynolds, physician, FB Ross, merchant, GS Thompson, blacksmith. Most of these businesses were on Main Street, south of Ohio, or just off of it. McCune's lumber yard was east on Ohio, and and AL Zeiser's City Drug Store sat at the northwest corner of Main and Ohio (Advertiser & News, Cobweb Express Sep 1 1999). A Gazette article from Jan 1, 1889 boasts of two churches that served a population of about 250 people. About 15 new buildings had been erected, and a new church, town hall and store were planned, as were stock yards.
|Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Benedict|
1892-93 Fountain [with notes from 1880 and 1900 censuses]
Abeyto Joe G lab Fntn *
Abeyto Thomas lab Fntn *
Adams Geo D & Ida rancher 8-16-65 (E*) bx 691 Fountain CS *
Aragon (Mary) Fountain *
|Rocky Mountain News Jan 18 1879|