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Jim Pickering Offers Historic Tour Of Estes Valley

-Estes Park News, Estes Park, Colorado-

Back by popular demand, Dr. Jim Pickering, author and Historian Laureate of Estes Park, will offer an educational and fun morning with his “Estes Valley Historic Tour” on May 29th and June 5th. He will bring to life our local past with his extensive knowledge and insight. The tour lasts from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. It is open to the public and recommended for adults and children age 12 and over.

Cost of the tour is $15. If you are a member of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation it’s only $5.00. The tickets may be purchased at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St.
Some carpooling and a Rocky Mountain National Park pass will be necessary. Spaces are available for both dates. Call (970) 586-6256 for reservations. Participants will need to bring water and wear layers and good walking shoes.

Have you ever wondered how Estes Park got it’s name or what famous man from Denver bestowed it and why? Learn why, as you start your tour on Fish Creek Road. Following that same road south, past Lord Dunraven’s cottage, you’ll come to the site of the English Hotel where you’ll hear another part of Estes Park history.

“The next stop was within Rocky Mountain National Park at the site of Sprague’s Ranch,” recalls Ken Jessen, a participant from last year’s tour. “Pickering walked the group through a shallow valley just below the road leading to the Moraine Park campground. Starting with a modest homestead cabin in 1875, Abner Sprague and his wife Alberta built a lodge, a vast complex of cabins, a nine-hole golf course and a swimming hole”.
You’ll have the opportunity to get out and walk around other sites while Pickering uses historic photographs to enhance your understanding of local history.

If you are not a member of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, it is easy to join, just call the Museum at 970 586- 6256 for details. The reduced price for this tour is just one of the benefits of becoming a member. The reduced price for this tour is just one of the benefits of becoming a member. Individuals can join for just $30 per year.

The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation offers many great events in support of the Museum each year, including Jim Pickering’s tours and the annual Historic Tour, June 28th in the southern Tahosa Valley.
Now through October, 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. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at 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. Admission is always free.

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