Beirut, Lebanon, and Evergreen, Colorado. What do these places have in common? They might be worlds apart, but each city has been touched by one family's passion for education. Despite their geographical separation, both cities have benefited from schools founded and supported by the Dodge family. David Stuart Dodge helped establish the University of Beirut in Lebanon and his son Clarence Phelps Dodge remained a trustee of the school into the twentieth century. In Colorado, Jefferson County school children benefit from another Dodge-inspired school, the Mount Evans Outdoor Education Laboratory School near Evergreen.
What now functions as a hands-on outdoor school in the shadow of Mount Evans began as a Dodge-family summer home. Clarence Phelps Dodge and his wife Regina, who designed the main house herself, built their retreat in 1907. The family vacationed there during Dodge's years as the publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette, after his single term in Colorado's House of Representatives, and after the family moved to