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Campfire Ghost Stories: Living History Tales of the West (Early Innkeepers of RMNP History)

Jun 25, 2020

Free – $15.00

People from the past come to life in this hour-long presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley.  Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.  Time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows will follow the presentation.

One hundred years ago, ranchers and homesteaders rapidly built lodges and cabins for visitors who were flocking to discover Rocky’s scenic beauty. From Abner Sprague, who transformed the land with a human-made fishing pond, to Enos Mills, who insisted that his guests not pick flowers or play cards, each of these innkeepers and their families created lifelong memories for families and famous visitors. Meet these characters through first person living history performances by storyteller Kurtis Kelly: Joe Mills of the Crags Hotel, Charles Edwin Hewes of the Hewes-Kirkwood Inn, and the famous F.O. Stanley.

Instructor: Kurtis Kelly

Children 12 and under are FREE!