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Astounding Stories Of Joe Mills

A new program series debuts at the Estes Valley Library on Friday, March 4 at 12:15 p.m. “Joe Mills in the Mountains of Dreams” is the first installment of “Astounding Stories,” featuring stories and narratives read aloud for listening enjoyment. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the 45-minute program held in the Library’s Hondius Room.

Enoch “Joe” Mills, younger brother of Enos, helped run the Longs Peak Inn during its early years, then went on to build and operate the Crags Hotel, which opened in 1914. He also had an accomplished athletic career, playing quarterback for Colorado Agricultural College (now CSU).

His most famous writings are contained in a book called “A Mountain Boyhood”, a collection of semi-autobiographical stories originally published in “Boy’s Life” magazine. While partly fictional, the narrative device succeeds in capturing the enthusiasm Mills felt when he finally made his first journey to Estes Park from his boyhood home on the Kansas prairie. Additional portions of the reading offer insight into early life in Estes Park, the construction of Mills’ homestead cabin and his skills as a mountain explorer, even describing the festivity of an all-night dance social he attends in Grand Lake.

Librarian and local performer Kurtis Kelly serves as the reader for this free program. For information about other programs in the March series, visit

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