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Continued: Estes Park Stanley Hotel

The hotel was opened in June 1909 and became an institution - many famous people have stayed at the hotel, e.g. Molly Brown, Theodore Roosevelt, astronaut Scott Carpenter and of course Stephen King, who was inspired here to his book 'The Shining'. Many other Hollywood celebs stayed meanwhile at the hotel.

Protecting the Rockies

In 1903, F. O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, came to Estes Park for his health. Impressed by the beauty of the valley and grateful for the improvement in his health, he decided to invest his money and his future there. In 1909, he opened the elegant Stanley Hotel, a classic hostelry exemplifying the golden age of touring.

Largely due to Stanley's efforts, the Estes Park Protective and Improvement Association was established to protect local wildflowers and wildlife and to improve roads and trails. "Those who pull flowers up by the roots will be condemned by all worthy people, and also by the Estes Park Protective and Improvement Association," they warned. It was the start of a conservation ethic that has become increasingly important and complex.

Stanley Hotel
Stanley Hotel

National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark

Stanley Hotel Lobby



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