Perry and Pine
It was on this day in 1880, that the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about the herbarium of Dr. Charles Christopher Perry; it contained 15,000 species and it was being presented to the Davenport Academy of Sciences.
Thirty years earlier, in 1850, Perry had written to the botanist John Torrey, he said:
"I here found a new species of pine growing in sheltered places bout the bluff. Its characters are so unique …. if new I wish it with your permission to bear the name Pinus Torreyana…”
Besides the Torrey Pine, Harry discovered the Colorado Blue Spruce on Pikes Peak in 1862.
Colorado made its official state tree in 1939.