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Days in Old Estes Park

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Moran - Longs Peak & Estes Park

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(Original steel plate etching available $50)

Etching from one of the very first views of Estes Park by renowned landscape artist Thomas Moran.

First View of Estes Park -
1879 - WH Jackson
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View from the top of Park Hill in the very early days.  This is the first view that the tourists of the early 1900's would have seen coming to Estes Park by train & Stanley Steamer.

Estes Park ca. 1885

Long's Peak from Griff Evan's Ranch
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The earliest tourist hotel in Estes Park

Longs Peak 1893 - WH Jackson
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A very old photo of the Estes Park area by Jackson ca. 1893.

Mt Ypsilon, Estes Park
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This is an original photochromolithograph from the Detroit Publishing Co.  The original photo was taken by WH Jackson

A Bit of Estes Park from the Stage Window
WH Jackson
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Before Stanley Steamers, there was the stagecoach.

Estes Park before the big booms of the teens and twenties
Estes Park 1903
Courtesy Estes Park Museum
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View West Toward the Mountains

FP Clatworthy
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Pristine views of the front range were to be had.

Estes Park From the West 1905- 1910

The town starts to grow.
Out Griff Evan's Way

The Estes Park Hotel ca. 1907

Fancier hotels are built



...and occasionally destroyed by fire.  This is the Estes Park Hotel burning on August 11, 1911.




Early Estes Park Business Directory
(Click on each page separately)

From a publication The Fall Season in Estes Park published by The Business Men's Association of Estes Park promoting Estes Park in the relatively slow off-season as well as summers.



Estes Park 1910

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Estes Park Circa 1915
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Estes booms in the teens!
Steads Ranch ca. 192?

Account of a stay at Steads in 1939
Courtesy - Priscilla Katherine Van Marter (Pat Williams) and Hollis Williams, her son
Estes Park 1924
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What a difference by the roaring twenties!
Estes Park 1934
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By the 40's the town had taken on the look it would have for decades to come.
Estes Park 1940
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The biggest single change came to Estes with the Colorado Big Thompson Project in the 40's.  Today Lake Estes occupies the meadow in photos.

Below Reclamation District housing built for the Colorado Big Thompson Project Folks

*Full-size hi-definition printable scans are available from the Estes Park Museum.  Click here for more information.


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All Rights Reserved 1999 - 2012

Revised:  3/01/2012