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Photo EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton

Photo EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton

The 100th Anniversary of FO Stanley’s completion of the Stanley Hotel, also commemorates the new growth and expansion of the Stanley Museum in Estes Park. Many programs are growing within the Stanley Museum, including The Steam Team, Steam Driver’s Education, Stanley Publishing and the Steamer’s Kids Club.
From June 13th to June 19th, the Estes Valley will be buzzing with excitement of many Steam Cars steaming through the valley. Each day special events are planned. Saturday, June 13th, will be a celebration at the Stanley Museum, all day long, featuring the new Fred Clatworthy book hot off the press. Saturday and Sunday the steam cars will be setting up their bases at the Stanley Hotel and the Holiday Inn.

Monday June 15th is a very, very special day, as The Twin Owls Steak House has graciously offered to host a fund raiser for the Stanley Museum at 4:30 p.m. The entire public is invited to come watch the vintage cars come and go, as they sample delicious free appetizers at the Twin Owls and special happy hour drink specials. Proceeds from anyone choosing to stay for dinner at the Twin Owls will be donated to the Stanley Museum.
Tuesday commemorates the Hydroplant with a special talk in the evening at the Estes Park Museum. F. O. Stanley, the Grand Old Man of Estes Park presented by Estes Park Historian Laureate Jim Pickering. Join us for a special program to celebrate the centennial of the Stanley Hotel and the Stanley Hydroplant. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. program.

Wednesday, after a tour down Highway 7 and through Lyons, The Stanley Museum will host a social hour from 3-5. This meeting time is open to the public and will feature famous artist Seamus Berkley on hand to talk about his work, sign posters and show off some of his unique early Estes Park works. Meeting for Stanley Museum members will be held Wednesday night at the Stanley Hotel. It is not too late to become a member of the Stanley Museum and join in the fun.

Thursday sees the group touring through the park and lunching at the Baldpate Inn, followed by a tour of the Lula Dorsey Museum at the YMCA. Social hour at the Stanley Museum is again from 3-5, with signings by famous local photographer James Frank. The public is welcome! A spectacular car show follows at the CVB, with steam cars lined up for viewing from 5-6:30 p.m. This event is hosted by The Estes Valley Historical Society.
Friday brings the wind down of the Steam Tour with a shorter day of touring more historical sites To volunteer to help with the festivities, either by driving a back up car for those steam car owners who require assistance, or by helping with visitors at the Stanley Museum call 970-577-1903.

The Stanley Museum is open daily in the summer from 10-5 and Sundays from 1-5. The museum is located in Lower Stanley Village, just behind the Chocolate Factory. The Stanley Museum hosts daily Ghost Story Hour at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids. Steam demonstrations by the Steam Team are weekly at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays or by special appointment. Call for times and locations. Please come and help the Stanley Museum celebrate this wonderful Anniversary Year.

A synopsis of the tour the Stanley Steamer cars will be taking throughout the week:
Monday, June 15th Tour

Today’s tour totals 89.5 miles through the Big Thompson Canyon to Loveland. The coffee break is at LaQuinta’s Aspen Leaf Grille in Loveland. Group photo at Old Loveland Depot at 1:00 p.m. and return via Horsetooth Reservoir and Glen Haven.

Tuesday, June 16th Tour

Today’s tour totals 50.8 miles to the historical and scenic areas of the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park ending at the Historic Fall River Hydro Plant.

Wednesday, June 17th Tour

Today’s tour is the Peak-to-Peak Highway Tour: 65 miles
This entire area was served by the Mountain Wagons of F.O. Stanley’s
Estes Park Transportation Company from 1908-1916

Thursday, June 18th Tour

Today you will enter the Rocky Mountain National Park from the Fall River Entrance. The weather has been cool so you should be able to see elk in the meadow. Will there be other animals? Take your camera and jacket because at 5:00-6:30 p.m. we have scheduled a car line up at the Estes Park Visitors Center.  Tour length: 41.7 miles.

Friday, June 19th Tour

Today you will be touring Doug Klink’s Reliance Fire Company Fire Truck Museum and Antique Fire Truck Restoration Facility at 10:00 a.m., have lunch and arrive at Jim and Betty Hull’s home between 12:30 and 1:00 to see their Franklin/Packard car collection and Antique Carousel Horse collection. This is a short tour of only 12.2 miles because at 3:00 p.m., we have scheduled to have pictures in front of the Stanley Hotel before the Blow-down banquet. The open bar begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

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