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Legendary Locals of Estes Park

Steve Mitchell

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ISBN 10: 146710230X / ISBN 13: 9781467102308
Published by Arcadia Publishing, 2016
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Title: Legendary Locals of Estes Park

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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In the 1870s, ranchers Abner Sprague, William James, and Alexander MacGregor raised cattle while the Earl of Dunraven bought land for a private hunting reserve. It was neither cows nor hunting that defined Estes Park, though. Visitors were attracted to its beauty and crystalline mountain air. Inspired by conservationist John Muir, Enos Mills preserved the area's splendor by spearheading the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park while F.O. Stanley welcomed guests to his regal Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King's novel The Shining. As cars replaced horses downtown, Charlie Eagle Plume entertained visitors with Indian dancing, and "Casey" Martin offered children rides on his Silver Streak train. In the off-season when tourists were scarce, grocer Ron Brodie extended credit to the locals, and George Hurt ran lifts for skiers at Hidden Valley. But it was adversity that tested the town and defined its character. After the 1982 Lawn Lake Flood inundated Elkhorn businesses, town officials revitalized the downtown landscape with urban renewal. When the devastating 2013 flood washed out mountain roads and isolated Estes Park, local businesses banded together and were "Mountain Strong."

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"Estes Park isn t Estes Park without its larger than life people like a Miner Bill Currence who prospected on the slopes of Mount Chapin, Indian rights activist Charlie Eagle Plume who entertained summer visitors and Crazy Ed Kelsch who roamed the downtown streets wearing red, white and blue.


All these people and more are on the pages of Legendary Locals of Estes Park. --Estes Park News"
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