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America's Switzerland: Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Growth Years
America's Switzerland, a companion volume to This Blue Hollow, is the first comprehensive history of Rocky Mountain National Park and its neighboring town, Estes Park, during the decades when travel became a middle-class rite of summer. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources and extensive archival research, James H. Pickering reveals how the evolution of tourism and ...more
Published August 15th 2005 by University Press of Colorado
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This volume of Pickering's history of Estes Park covers the period from the opening of RMNP to World War II. Chapters more or less alternate between the Park and the village. We learn about the development of the highways - South St. Vrain, North St. Vrain, and Big Thompson highways to Estes and Fall River Road and Trail Ridge Road in the Park - and the big water projects - Alva Adams tunnel and the creation of Lake Estes. We also learn of the transition of area leadership from the "founders" (S ...more