A day trip to the Historic Park Theatre in Estes Park

by Brian Cooke, History Colorado blogger

One of the many advantages of living in Colorado is the easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park and its eastern “gateway” town, Estes Park. While Estes Park’s proximity to the National Park is certainly a major draw, there are many sights worth seeing in the downtown area, especially if you’re interested in a bit of history. Continue reading “A day trip to the Historic Park Theatre in Estes Park”

National Great Outdoors Month

East Longs Peak Trail, Estes Park vicinity, Boulder/Larimer Counties, listed in the National Register in 2007.

What better way to celebrate National Great Outdoors Month than to explore some of Rocky Mountain National Park’s National Register-listed trails? Many of the Park’s buildings, resources, and trails are historic.

The trail to the Longs Peak summit embodies National Park Service naturalistic design from the 1920s. Active use of the trail begin in 1873, when lodge owners began to maintain it as a tourist attraction. Enos Mills acted as a guide to the summit between 1900 and 1906, honing his skills as a lead spokesman in the effort to create Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1915.

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Introducing the Fred Payne Clatworthy Collection

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Portrait of Clatworthy, circa 1925, Accession number: 99.164.30

With the Aultman Studio collection finished, I’m happy to announce that we’ve begun work on the Fred Payne Clatworthy collection, the final set of material up for processing under our NHPRC 20th Century Photograph Collections Grant Project. The collection features the beautiful work of Frederick Payne Clatworthy, a photographer internationally recognized for his mastery of the autochrome (a rare, early form of color photography). Continue reading “Introducing the Fred Payne Clatworthy Collection”

Collection Spotlight: George Harvey, Jr. Photograph Albums

George Harvey, Jr. photographing a scene at Dream Lake at 5 am. Photo by George C. Barnard.
George Harvey, Jr. photographing a scene at Dream Lake at 5 am. Photo by George C. Barnard.

As we mentioned in our previous post, this April marks the 103rd anniversary of the establishment of the Colorado Mountain Club! History Colorado holds several collections documenting the CMC’s members and adventures, including the recently processed George Harvey, Jr. photograph albums (Ph.00094) (PDF). These seven albums document the club’s early years, from 1913 to about 1923. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: George Harvey, Jr. Photograph Albums”

This Week in Colorado History – Colorado Mountain Club is Founded

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CMC posing near the summit of Longs Peak in 1914. From the George Harvey, Jr. photograph albums (Ph.00094)

Today the mountains of Colorado are continuously flooded with people flocking to enjoy the bountiful trails. But imagine what it was like for the mountaineers at the turn of the century. Bulky wool clothing, heavy equipment and blisters all were part of the journey. These mountaineers were true adventurers who created what became the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). Continue reading “This Week in Colorado History – Colorado Mountain Club is Founded”