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Pikes Peak SCHOOL has been restored and continues to be maintained through donations from Pikes Peak alumni and others. Several events are held in the school mu- seum including the Homecoming on the last Saturday of July and Christmas at the Mansion on the first Sunday of December. The Pikes Peak Museum, a two-room Group and individual tours are sched- school operated in the Pikes Peak Com- uled by appointment and school tours are munity until 1958, is located across from offered as a step back in time of what it the Murray Lindsay Mansion. was like to attend a rural school. You may Many photos of school years and other call 405-756-2121 and leave a message historical items are on display. The school for a tour for either museum. Lindsay Broomcorn SWEEPS THE WORLD A CHANGE IS COMING In 1906 broomcorn was introduced into Lindsay by Fred Tinch and his father-in- law Robert Watkins. Fred and his wife, Inez Watkins Tinch, along with the Wat- kins moved from Illinois and brought only the best grade of seed. Soon, others such as Thomas Lyons; W. K. Donnell; Scott, Harry and Earl Moore moved into the valley and started growing and buy- ing broomcorn. In 1907 Watkins Company built the first Fred Tinch said the night he and Robert broomcorn storage warehouse. The larg- Watkins drove into Lindsay in a surrey est shipment from Lindsay was 1,350 car that a cowboy was riding a mule down loads in 1920. Lindsay grew the finest main street at full speed, yelling, “I’m a quality of broomcorn in the world and wolf with a red neck tie,” and he was was the largest broomcorn center in pro- shooting his pistol every step of the way. duction. This corn was used for all grades They got by him and went on to the hotel. of brooms. It was election day and everyone was Lindsay became a shipping point for shooting it up, Tinch later found out. After other broomcorn districts because of reaching the hotel, Mr. Tinch and Mr. Wat- such large storing facilities and transit kins asked the hotel manager if they priveleges. The slogan “Lindsay Broom- could get a room and the manager re- corn sweeps the World”, soon was heard plied, “I be damned if I tell you till I know around the world. who you are.” 6


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