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Happy Birthday, rocky! One hundred years ago, in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park was established as a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Two men who came to the mountains in hope of restoring their health, F. O. Stanley and Enos Mills, played an important role in the preservation of the land. Stanley, the inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, capitalized on the attractions of the area by improving the roads and building the Stanley Hotel. Enos Mills, known as the founding father of Rocky Mountain National Park, wrote numerous books, chronicled his discoveries with photographs, and shared the beauty with visitors by taking them on guided nature walks. Mills spent six years campaigning for the preservation of the natural riches surrounding Longs Peak, one of Colorado’s 14,000ft peaks. With the financial help of Stanley, he was finally successful in 1915 when Congress authorized the establishment of the nation’s tenth national park. Celebration events Now, 100 years later, the park along with many other communities including Grand Lake, are celebrating the Centennial with a year of community events that explore the theme: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future. Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center offers a 100th Anniversary Children’s Coloring Map (with crayon pack). Young visitors will enjoy this way of exploring the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and learning unique details of the park’s history. The self-guided Grand Lake “Then and Now” Walking Tour starts at Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center and highlights many of the locations that Rocky Mountain National Park visitors have enjoyed throughout the years. In storefronts, visitors will find photographic examples of Grand Lake’s tourist destinations — then and now. The Grand Lake Geo-cache Adventure is a GPS treasure hunt using the Grand Lake Geocaching Challenge Passport available at Grand Lake Visitor Center. Caches are located throughout the Grand Lake area and Rocky Mountain National Park and highlight many of the historical sites of the past 100 years. Offered throughout the year are free ranger talks, walks, and evening programs. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy, the park’s non-profit partner, offers full, half, and multi-day field classes through the Field Institute to celebrate the Centennial. The Kauffman House Museum’s Centennial Exhibit highlights the history of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and the changes in Grand Lake. Browse historic narratives, memoirs, photographs, and artifacts that will take you back 100 years. Professional artist Jim Disney created the official Centennial poster of a big horn sheep with Longs Peak in the background. Current Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger “Cowboy” Brad Fitch wrote “Rocky’s the Park for All,” the catchy upbeat anthem of the Centennial. For complete information go to www.nps.gov/romo and follow the links to the 100th Anniversary information on the home page, or call Rocky Mountain National Park, 970-586-1206. For expanded information, visit our website e www.GrandLakeChamber.com 7


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