Title: Pike’s Peak or Bust
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of April 18, 2017
Word count: 175 words
The Greene farm began at the Forks of Plum Creek on October 29, 1859. Brothers John and Diamond Greene journeyed west to Kansas Territory seeking fortune in the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. They didn’t find fortune in the bottom of a pan, instead they found it hidden in the piney forest. They built a sawmill and bought out prospectors who went bust. John died one cold winter, but Diamond refused to leave.
The Kansas Territory became the Colorado Territory and then the State of Colorado. As the years passed the family fortune passed from generation to generation. The Greene’s named their heirs Emerald, Royal, Ruby and Crystal in Diamond’s honor. One hundred and fifty years slipped by and the once great Greene family fortunes failed. They sold parcels to finance the farm until a man made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The sawmill and farm became a golf course and a subdivision. Family names became street names. The wagon that carried John and Diamond west sat abandoned. The Greene claim was finally a bust.
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Jo Hawk The Writer