Most locals know that many fascinating historical details can be found in the book From Mace’s Hole, The Way It Was, To Beulah, The Way It Is. (The book is available at the History Center, which is reopening on July 1st in the lower level of The Beulah General Store). Specifically, this comprehensive history shares some insights on the different names the area has known, and how the current name came to pass over a hundred years ago.
• Before Beulah became ‘civilized’, the earliest inhabitants included Paleo-Indian and Archaic peoples, specifically members of the Apishapa culture, which dates from 1050-1450. By the early nineteenth century the Arapaho and Ute nomadic peoples called Beulah ‘Home’.*
• In the 1840s, Beulah was known as Fisher's Hole. Named after Robert Fisher, a trader, hunter, guide; and friend of Kit Carson, who first visited the area in 1834.
• Mace’s Hole was settled in 1862, named after Juan Mace, who’s surname was likely anglicized from Maes. Mace was a cattle thief who used the valley for a hideout.
• Mace’s Hole depicted the old order, apparently most fertile areas in the country had been dubbed a ‘hole’ by trappers or others passing through.
• There were a list of names to choose from, including Silver Glen, Glen Eden and Spruce Valley. The name Beulah was decided after a narrow vote!
• The name Beulah was officially acknowledged by the U.S. Postmaster General on October 25, 1876; the same year the nation was commemorating a Bi-Centennial, and the state of Colorado the Centennial year. Many Beulah residents still remember the year long celebration of events organized for the occasion, including a memorable Pony Express ride to Pueblo.
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