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Circle Tour Exploring The History Of Transportation And Tourism

1925 postcard, North Saint Vrain Canyon to Estes Park.

What does F. O. Stanley have to do with U.S. Highway 36? Why don’t trains come to Estes Park? Historian Laureate Jim Pickering will guide a tour through the “Gateway of Rocky Mountain National Park” explaining the history of transportation as it relates to the region and the construction of the roads leading to Estes Park.

By 1915 when Rocky Mountain National Park was founded, the neighboring towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west were established tourist attractions. A “circle tour” was a scenic multi‐day bus excursion popular in the 1920s through the early 1950s designed for visitors to see the sites and sample the fare at lodges along the way. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the Estes Park Museum, a “mini” circle tour will offer participants an interpreted ride on the scenic Peak to Peak Highway with a stop for coffee and tea at the Old Gallery in Allenspark. Guests will then hop aboard the bus and continue on to the town of Lyons for a walking tour lead by the Lyons Historical Society. The group will eat lunch at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ in Lyons and return to the Estes Park Museum via Highway 36 by 2:00 p.m. Registration is now open and is required by calling the Estes Park Museum at 970‐586‐6256. Cost is $45 per person and includes a guided tour, transportation and lunch.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as to present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. For more information call the Estes Park Museum at (970) 586‐6256 or visit the Museum’s website at www.estes.org/museum. Admission is free.

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