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Historic Tour Anticipates Another Sell-Out

Welcome back to a simpler time of life as this year’s historic tour takes you on a journey from 1877 to 1908 in historic Estes Park. Saturday, June 30th marks the Ninth Annual Historic Tour presented by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. and corporate sponsor Judy Nystrom, 1st Colorado Realty, ( All proceeds benefit the Estes Park Museum.

This year’s exciting theme, Historic North End: Vintage Art and Architecture, brings to the public six wonderful sites set on Wonderview Avenue and off Devils Gulch Road. Step into the cabins and homes of some of Estes Park’s earliest families, including those of nationally-known artists, and view artwork from the past as well as plein aire art being created while you watch. Docents will relate historical accounts of the sites with glimpses into the lives of the families and will point out unique architectural features of the homes. Tour times are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Stanley Home-The Grandest Historic Home in Estes Park-The Stanley Home. Built as the summer home of the Stanleys in 1904. F. O. lived in the house in summers from 1904 until his death in 1940. (Courtesy: Stewart)

Last year’s tour was completely sold out in advance so get your newly designed keepsake tickets early! Ticket prices are $20 in advance (add $1 per ticket for phone orders) and $25 on the day of the tour, if available. Members of the museum have the opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the general public. If you are a current member or wish to become a member of the Friends now, you may purchase the tickets at the Museum (200 Fourth Street) starting Tuesday, May 15th in person or by phone using MasterCard or Visa. The phone number for ticket orders is 520-784-8485. Please do not call the museum phone for tickets. Phone orders will be mailed. Stop by or call using the above number during regular museum hours, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1 pm-5 pm.

Beginning May 24th, tickets will be sold to the general public at the Museum Gift Shop, (cash, check, or MC/Visa), Macdonald Book Shop (cash or check only), and the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Highway 34 (cash or check only). For more information about the tour, visit the Friends’ website at and click on the Historic Tour tab. There you will also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The not-to-be-missed sites on this year’s self-paced tour include:

• The Grandest Historic Home in Estes Park, the 1904 neo-Georgian style house designed and built by F.O. Stanley

• Rockside Cottage where F.O. and wife Flora stayed in the summer of 1903 and were so inspired by the view the Stanleys decided to build a summer home here.

• Frank and Alma Hix’s Stanley Steam Car Garage will also be open with five museum quality Stanley Steam Cars dating from 1905 to 1919.

• 1877 Montevideo, which began as a tent-cabin and now houses artwork from famous Estes Park artists

• The 5,000+ square foot home Owls’ Nest, featuring fantastic views and beautiful works of art by local artist Dorothy Carnine Scott, as well as many eclectic collections from lands far away

• The Clauser-Storer Ranch (1897) once covering over 2,000 acres and featuring American Stick Architecture in the main house and several vintage out buildings

• And the newest addition at the Stanley Hotel – the Sculpture Garden. Created with inspiration and collaboration from Colorado artists, the Sculpture Garden features life-sized wildlife statues cast in bronze. Free entrance into the Stanley Hotel grounds are included with the tour ticket. Those wishing to enjoy lunch at the Stanley’s historic Cascades Dining Room (not included in the tour price) must call 970-577-4001 for luncheon reservations. The luncheon menu may be viewed online at

Rockside Cottage- A delightful period log cabin built in 1889 whose view inspired the Stanleys to build their summer home here. (Courtesy Estes Park Museum)

This year’s theme of Vintage Art and Architecture will be combined with the talents of many local authors and artists at several of the locations. The combination of people, art, architecture, and hard work, within the setting of the majestic Rocky Mountains, is the essence of the uniqueness of Estes Park. While at Rockside Cottage, you might catch a talk by F. O., as portrayed by Kurtis Kelly! Noted Colorado historian Kenneth Jessen will be on hand to autograph his latest book on Colorado ghost towns. At the Stanley Home, discover more about the multi-faceted Mr. Stanley from Estes Park Historian Laureate and author James H. Pickering by chatting with him and purchasing one of his excellent books. View Jim’s latest book on Estes Park and RMNP, Shared Memories, featuring historic postcards from the collection of Bobbie Heisterkamp. Bobbie’s wonderful hand-drawn pen-and-ink notecards of the Stanley Home will be available for purchase in boxed sets. At Montevideo, Judy Archibald and Pat Greenberg will be signing copies of their new book, The Mutt and The Mustang. When you visit the Owls’ Nest, the home of Dorothy Carnine Scott, renowned painter and lithographer, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase some of her prints. Also at the Owls’ Nest, enjoy the artwork of Estes Park’s nationally-known oil painter Karol Mack showcasing the historic lodges of Rocky Mountain National Park that were torn down during the Park Service’s “Mission 66″ project in the late 1950s and 1960s. The Museum Shop will be located at the Clauser-Storer Ranch with Friends Press books and gifts for sale. The Estes Park Plein Aire Painters will be at several of the sites and don’t mind if you peek over their shoulders! Their works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Museum.

Please allow at least three hours for the tour and wear appropriate shoes for outdoor walking. These sites are easily accessible but include parking in unpaved areas. The two sites on West Wonderview Ave. require an uphill walk from parking to the Steam Garage, to Rockside, and to the Stanley Home. A van will be available for visitors who need assistance.

Bottled water and snacks will be sold at three separate sites on the tour. Restrooms are available at three locations. The information will be on the ticket.

There are signs and parking attendants at every site except the Stanley Hotel. If parking is full at any one site, feel free to come back later to that site. A few handicapped parking spots or drop offs will be available at each site for those with handicapped tags. Attendants will direct you if you have a handicap tag on your vehicle. The Stanley Sculpture Garden does have steep stairs descending into it.

Tour goes on, RAIN OR SHINE. Sorry, no refunds, pets, or children under 8, please.

The EPMF&F, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit which provides financial support for the Museum’s exhibits, programs, and activities. Now is a great time to become a member! For more information about joining the Friends, stop by the Estes Park Museum at 200 Fourth Street, call (970) 577- 3766, or visit our beautiful new website at Be a part of Estes Park history; join the Friends today!


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