Visit The Historic Fall River Hydroplant
Maybe you heard of it from a friend or perhaps you saw the little yellow buildings from a distance and thought to yourself “one of these days I’m going to check that out.” Now is your chance; don’t delay! The Historic Fall River Hydroplant is open through September 1 offering free docent‐lead tours. Experienced guides welcome you to the facility from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. daily except Mondays. Admission is free.
The Historic Fall River Hydroplant, listed on the National Register, was built by F. O. Stanley to provide electric power to the Stanley Hotel when it opened in 1909. It was the exclusive source of electricity for the Town of Estes Park until the 1940s and operated until the Lawn Lake flood catastrophe on July 15, 1982. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to visit the Hydroplant and learn the details of its fascinating story.
A new feature of the Hydroplant interpretive center includes a display entitled Stanley: An Estes Park Legacy. The display celebrates the life and contributions of Mr. Stanley in Estes Park. In collaboration with the Stanley Museum, located in Kingfield, Maine, hand‐crafted violins made by F. O. Stanley, Haviland China once used in the Stanley Hotel, and an engine of a Stanley Steamer Automobile are currently on display at the Hydroplant.
The last day to take an interpreted tour of the Hydroplant is September 1, 2013. Private tours are available for a small fee by calling 970‐577‐3762. The Hydroplant will reopen the day after Memorial Day in 2014. The Hydroplant is located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road. To get to there from downtown Estes Park, travel five miles west on Highway 34, turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road and continue straight until you see a sign for the Fall River Hydroplant. Park in the dirt lot just before the circle.
The Historic Fall River Hydroplant is operated by the Estes Park Museum, for more information on exhibits, events, tours and programs, please visit www.estes.org/museum. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as present exhibits, programs and events, for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. For more information call the Estes Park Museum at 970‐586‐6256. The Museum is located at 200 Fourth Street. Admission is free at both sites.
Estes Park Museum closed Labor Day
The Estes Park Museum will be closed on Monday, September 2, in recognition of Labor Day and it will reopen on Tuesday, September 3. The Museum will observe summer hours now through the month of October, open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Current exhibits at the Museum include Beyond the Baldpate: The Photographic Works of Charles Mace. Beyond the Baldpate presents the story of Estes Park’s professional photographer Charles Mace who spent a lifetime
capturing images as a photojournalist. He freelanced for the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, contributed to Life Magazine and the New York Times, and served as Signal Corps photographer during World War I. Some of the compelling images he captured cover the walls of the Baldpate Inn, which he helped his brother build in 1917. The exhibit includes original glass plate slides, large format photograph reproductions, and some of Mace’s personal memorabilia. The exhibit runs through September 8, 2013 and is on display in the National Park Service Headquarters building on Museum grounds.
A recent renovation in the Main Gallery includes two new additions entitled Stories Under The Stars and Park Theatre. Enjoy vintage home movies playing on loop in the Park Theatre exhibit and information about the 100‐year‐old landmark. In the Stories Under the Stars exhibit, visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in a campsite exhibit and listen to Estes Park lore around a fire told by pioneers. The Museum incorporates hands‐on activities throughout its galleries. Admission is free.
For more information on exhibits, events, tours and programs, please visit www.estes.org/museum or call the Estes Park Museum at 970‐586‐6256. The mission of the Estes Park Museum, located on 200 Fourth Street, is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages.