An Early Thanksgiving Day in the Mountains

On Thanksgiving Day in 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike gazed up at a snow-covered mountain top he called “Grand Peak” and realized it was beyond his reach. In his journal, he recorded his belief that “no human being could have ascended to its pinical (sic).”

Only a scattering of places around the young country observed Thanksgiving Day at that time. Had Pike known the future, he might have given thanks to the map makers. On that day, he stood as close as he would ever get to the 14,115-foot Colorado summit that on a map issued in 1818 mysteriously bore his name (Pike died in 1813). Precisely who decided “Grand Peak” would become Pike’s Peak is lost in the fog of history.

 Most of us celebrate Thanksgiving in less exhilarating circumstances than those confronting Zebulon Pike. For most, it’s a day to reflect on what we have to be thankful for, whether that means those around your dinner table, your good health or simply the pleasant and comfortable circumstances in which you carry on your observance.
As always, Thanksgiving Day, which falls on November 24 this year, will be a special day for friends and family. In observance, U.S. financial markets will be closed and so will our office.  

Thank you for continuing to allow us to serve you and your family. We appreciate your confidence.

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