Forsberg, Olly Olly Forsberg was found in the mountains by Zebulon Pike. No one knows where he came from, some say he was born from the Rocky Mountains themselves but from 1806 for the next 124 years Forsberg would roam the Mountains and take part in numerous pieces of Colorado history, including Zebulon Pike himself. Zebulon (true name, great name) is the guy who Pike's Peak is named after, even though he never actually scaled Pike's Peak (which, according to Hedgegrove, is because of Olly Forsberg). In fact, the ones to actually successfully scale Pike's Peak (again, with the help of Forsberg. The guy stuck around Pike's Peak a lot) was Edwin James and Stephen Long (Stephen Long of Long's Peak fame, Edwin James of James Peak fame. Forsberg had a great beard like a squirrel's nest and skin
turned into a magpie because she was too beautiful as a
human), and a columbine that grow from his chest pocket. So, for a lot of the Early parts of the recorded history of Olly Forsberg he was skipping around mountains (literally), guiding the early mountaineers to scale the massive 14,000+ peaks of the rockies. People would also see him wading through rivers, climbing down trees, etc. One story from the 1820's on the William Bucknell expedition (which was basically forging the Santa Fe Trail), states:
thumbs-up, clicked his tongue, and walked back into the
river. Bucknell never included this in reports, but other
members of the company did. A fun fact about William Bucknell, he would later marry Emma Eliza Ward who would become a Titanic survivor. This is also of note because apparently another Titanic Survivor, Molly Brown, would have a torrid affair with Olly Forsberg later (who, despite being over 100 at the time, still looked the exact same as he did when Pike found him wandering around the mountains). Hedgegrove even has a note that asks if Brown survived because she was holding a rock said to be given to her by Forsberg. Any Coloradoan worth their salt knows this would be false, though. Molly Brown survived because she was a bad-ass. And for the record, yeah I'm a Coloradoan. From Niwot, which if you've never heard of it I wouldn't blame you. The main thing it's famous for is being the birthplace of a guy on NCIS.
Anyways, through the 1830's then Forsberg would work to try and keep tensions between the Mexicans, the Americans, and the Texians at bay before a dispute over territory and the independence of the Republic of Texas. Sooner or later this bubbled over into the Mexican-American war, which is among the first instances of Olly Forsberg going to war. Forsberg would join forces with General Stephen