Program On “Estes Park 1905” By History Rescue Project
The Estes Park History Rescue Project concludes its three-part lecture series on “Estes Park 1905” this Saturday at 1:00 p.m., with a 45-minute program devoted to the tragic death of Louis R. Levings, a 20-year-old Chicago student who fell while climbing Mount Ypsilon in August 1905.
Numerous early newspaper accounts focus on the near-impossibility of saving Levings, or removing his lifeless body, and suggest he came to rest on the banks of a “bottomless” lake surrounding by nearly perpendicular cliffs, a chasm into which rescuers could apparently be lowered by ropes but nothing inanimate could be removed. Later reports contradict this notion, mentioning at least two different locations the body was transported to and temporarily entombed in before a final burial was effected at the base of the summit in 1929.
Recent photographs and expert knowledge from a guide familiar with the area will be compared with original written accounts, to better determine the most likely geography of Levings’ slip and fall. However, as confusion still surrounds basic facts like who Levings’ climbing companion (and sole eyewitness to the event) was on that day, the program will highlight the pitfalls of relying too heavily on any source – information assembled immediately after the event or official reports submitted by respected authorities decades later – when it comes to deciphering the sadder parts of our past.
As with all EPHRP events, admission is free, and the public is cordially invited. Programs are held in the George Hix community room of the USBank building at 363 East Elkhorn. Reservations are not needed, but directions or more information can be obtained by calling 970-232-4145.