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 America's fascination with the "western experience" shaped the park and town from 1903 to 1945. America's Switzerland provides extensive information, much of it new to historical literature, on how Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park - the most visited national park west of the Mississippi - developed to welcome ever-growing crowds. Pickering profiles the individuals behind the development and details the challenges park and town confronted during decades that included two world wars and the Great Depression.
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The Growth of the Village
F O Stanley and the Development of Estes Park
Chapter 4 Building a Community
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Albright April August automobile Bear Lake began Big Thompson Bond Boulder building built cabin camp Canyon Cheley Collins Colorado construction Courtesy National Park Creek decade December Denver Post early east Edmund Rogers Elkhorn Avenue Enos Mills EPPIA F. O. Stanley Fall River Pass Fall River Road February Fern Lake followed Fort Collins funds Grand Lake Horseshoe Park Ibid improvements January July June Larimer County later located Lodge Longmont Ledger Longs Peak Loveland Daily Herald Loveland Reporter March Mather miles Moomaw Moraine Moraine Park Mountain National Park National Park Service National Park Service-Rocky October Park Service-Rocky Mountain Park Trail park's Parks Transportation Company Poudre purchased Ranch ranger residents Riverside RMNPL Rocky Mountain National Roger Toll Sanborn season September Service-Rocky Mountain National Stanley Hotel Stanley's Stephen Mather summer superintendent tion tourist town Trail Ridge Road Trowbridge village visitors Vrain Yellowstone