Looking For A Few Good Photos
Do you have family photos or snapshots that show downtown Estes Park businesses or forgotten events such as Western Justice or the Red Zinger/Coors Classic bicycle race? For a proposed book on the history of downtown from 1905 to 1985, Sybil Barnes is looking for photographs which will help future residents remember local history.
Events which include parades such as Homecoming or the Scottish Festival provide a backdrop of how businesses change. Estes Park has always been a place to find tourist gifts such as t-shirts. However, the downtown also historically contained service entities such as a hardware store, grocery stores, and several gas stations. Even the parking lots, some side street alignment, and Bond Park have radically changed in the last twenty-five years.
“I’m especially looking for material from the 1950s through the Lawn Lake Flood and the beginning of urban renewal,” Barnes said. “I’m interested in showing how the town has evolved. I’m hoping that individuals will be able to fill in the gaps of more recent history that has not been collected by the Estes Park Museum and other historical entities.”
Barnes spent childhood summers in Estes Park and has been a year round resident since 1973. Contact her by phone at 586-2789 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.