Estes Park Museum Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years Of Stanley History
A new Community Case exhibit in the lobby of the Estes Park Museum celebrates the history of the Stanley Hotel. 100 years of Stanley History will run through the month of June, 2009.
The majestic Stanley Hotel was the vision of a man who would greatly influence the development of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Freelan Oscar (F. O.) Stanley, co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, began building his masterpiece in 1907 on 160 acres of land that he purchased from another local entrepreneur, Lord Dunraven. Also built in 1909, the hydroelectric Stanley Power Plant is a reminder of F. O. Stanley’s ingenuity to make Estes Park a renowned tourist destination. Because of the plant, The Stanley Hotel was a leader in the nation-one of the first with steam and hot water for the kitchen and bathrooms, and the first steam laundry in the world where all the power was electric, instead of coal.
The Community Case exhibit features early photographs of F. O. Stanley, the hotel grounds, guest rooms and visitors. Also displayed is original china used by F. O. Stanley and his wife Flora. The exhibit was designed by the staff of the Estes Park Museum, with contributions from the Stanley Museum of Estes Park, Frank Normali, owner of the Stanley Hotel from 1982 until 1995, and photographer Rip Tragle.
Now through April, the Museum is open each Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Beginning May 1, the Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 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 586-6256 or visit www.estes.org/museum. Admission is always free.