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  • Stanley Hotel, 1909

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    The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 in Estes Park and helped make the town into a tourist destination.
    Stanley Hotel, 1909
  • Freelan Oscar Stanley

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    Born in Maine, Stanley came to Colorado after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis at fifty-four. He recovered quickly, but not before driving to the Estes Valley in 1903 and deciding to build a house and a grand resort hotel in Estes Park.
    Freelan Oscar Stanley
  • Stanley Hotel Today

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    The Stanley Hotel struggled in the late twentieth century but has been revitalized since the 1990s. Owner John Cullen has invested millions of dollars in upgrades and improvements, including several new buildings planned to open in 2016–17.
    Stanley Hotel Today



Kathleen Hoeft, “The Stanley Hotel District, Expanded,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (January 21, 1985).

Ron Lasky, A Concise History of the Stanley Hotel, 2nd ed. (Loveland, CO: Write On Publications, 2005).

James H. Pickering, America’s Switzerland: Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Growth Years (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2005).

James H. Pickering, Mr. Stanley of Estes Park (Kingfield, ME: Stanley Museum, 2000).

James H. Pickering, “This Blue Hollow”: Estes Park, the Early Years, 1859–1915 (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1999).

John Wenzel, “Stanley Hotel Investing $35 Million in Cultural Offerings in 2016,” Denver Post, January 15, 2016.

Linda R. Wommack, Colorado’s Landmark Hotels (Palmer Lake, CO: Filter Press, 2012).

Additional Information: 

Sybil Barnes, Estes Park, Images of America (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2010).