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The view from U.S. Highway 115 shows the hill, behind the sign, where the Hitch Rack Ranch rock quarry would be built behind. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cattails grow in an open space with trails between neighborhoods of the Banning Lewis Ranch development Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, on the east side of Colorado Springs. Colo.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cattails grow in an open space with trails between neighborhoods of the Banning Lewis Ranch development Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, on the east side of Colorado Springs. Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
HANOVER WILDFIRE
Black smoke from a fire was seen billowing from just past mile marker 117 in Hanover County on Tuesday April 17, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
The view Wednesday morning from the summit of Pikes Peak, looking south. (Courtesy of City of Colorado Springs)
Ruth Banning Lewis in 1943. In 1921, Ruth Banning and Raymond Lewis got married. Banning was from a prominent Colorado Springs family, whose business ventures included ranching, ice and coal, and returned to the area after graduating from Wellesley College. Lewis graduated from Colorado College and owned cattle near Fowler. The Banning-Lewis was once a 30,000-acre thriving ranch, well-known around the world for its Colorado Domino-type Herefords. PHOTO BY LOYDE KNUTSON, BANNING-LEWIS RANCH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 098-11670.