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“What’s Wrong With This Picture?”

According to the Estes Park History Rescue Project, and contrary to widespread opinion, this well-loved photograph was taken nowhere near 1922. Courtesy photo

By: John Meissner

In 1992, as Estes Park prepared for its 75th birthday, a large number of commemorative plaques and monuments were placed in downtown open spaces and on historic buildings. While most of the information incorporated on the markers was accurate, some of the dates and locations were grossly inaccurate. With the advent of easily searchable electronic databases, it is clear that, in some cases, where information was ambiguous (sometime in the 1930s, around this neighborhood, etc.) it can now be made precise, and where information was precise, it was often wrong. Indeed, some of the dates assigned to “classic” and frequently reproduced Estes Park images are off by as much as a decade.

Join the Estes Park History Rescue Project this Saturday, August 28, in the George Hix Room of the US Bank building at 363 East Elkhorn Avenue, for a 45-minute look at the current state of our past. “What’s Wrong with this Picture?” will examine information assigned to 10 crucial photographs or buildings that Estes Park has yet to get right, and absolutely must correct and reach community consensus on before Estes approaches its 2017 centennial. The first presentation scheduled for 1:30 p.m. is a workshop for project members and invited guests only, but the 2:30 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public. Free catered appetizers and refreshments will be provided at both programs.

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