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This Blue Hollow: Estes Park, the Early Years, 1859-1915
This Blue Hollow is the first comprehensive account of the early history of Estes Park, Colorado, the "gem of the Rockies." In this enthralling narrative, James H. Pickering traces the development of Estes Park as a mountain resort community, from the time of its first recorded discovery by Joel Estes in 1859 to the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915. Th ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by University Press of Colorado
(first published December 1st 1999)
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I really enjoyed this one, but that's probably due in no small part to my love of the area. So many of the places in Estes Park and RMNP are named after people and I only knew the stories of a few of them: Stephen Long, Albert Bierstadt, F.O. Stanley. Of those, only Stanley figures in the book. But there were so many other interesting stories of the early settlers - Rocky Mountain Jim; the Earl of Dunraven and his resident agent, Theodore Whyte; Alexander MacGregor; Griff Evans. Pickering tells ...more
James Pickering is the go-to guy on all things Estes Park and he does not disappoint in this well written story of the beginnings of one of my favorite places. I now understand what made the area so unique and how it's history still affects the region. Would recommend to anyone who likes American history, the west, the Rocky Mountains, adventure, etc.