Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Blake, Annie (1838 - 1927) - Annie and her husband George, lived in Rye, Colorado, where he was engaged in the real estate business.  George suffered from asthma and by 1869 he could no longer conduct business.  Annie took over the business, her first transaction being the purchase of the forty-eight plus acres of the Nolan Land Grant for $10,000.  Making a handsome profit, she sold one third of the land to Peter and Jacob Dotson for $5,000 and another one third to Charles Goodnight for the same amount.  Retaining a third of the land for herself, it eventually became the community of South Pueblo.  The original acreage covered all of Pueblo south of the Arkansas River, and the land between the Greenhorn Mountains and the St. Charles River.    Annie made several investments in Pueblo, including the Roselawn Cemetery.  The census for Pueblo County in 1870, listed only eight employed women.  Annie Blake led that group of pioneer women.   She is buried next to George in Block 13, Lot 343 (in Roselawn Cemetery).  There is a marker. From "From the Grave, A Roadside Guide to Colorado's Pioneer Cemeteries," by Linda Wommack, published by Caxton Press, Caldwell, Idaho in 1998.

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