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An Interesting Man


February 27, 2019

I have become quite amused by an early businessman of the area. There is an interesting twist to the story. Today I want to share this man's story with you.

The development of this area by General Palmer and Dr. William A. Bell brought many others to this area. One of those was Jerome B. Wheeler, a New York banker and investor. He was encouraged to invest in Manitou by Dr. Bell. He arrived in the area in the 1880's. He was quite impressed with the area's potential and liked Manitou. He bought several large plots of land and built a fine home in Manitou and developed an early bank in the tow...

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