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Grand Lake

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
Grand Lake was formed by glacial action, the ice gouged back into the mountains to the east. As the climate warmed, the glacier melted irregularly, leaving ridges of clay and rocks called moraines. Moraines edge the west and . . .

(Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Kauffman House Museum

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
Ezra Kauffman first came to the area as a hunting guide and miner in 1877. After the mines closed, he raised his family in the community he loved. He completed this hotel in 1892 and operated it until his death in 1920. The . . .

(Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Smith Eslick Cottage Camp

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
In 1882 P.H. Smith settled in Grand Lake. He built a hotel and also operated a sawmill, carpentry shop, and a large resort. Around 1915, along with the Alfred Eslick family, he built this Motor Court, designed to accommodate . . .

(Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Grand Lake Lodge

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
Grand Lake Lodge Built 1919 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior

(Notable Buildings) Includes location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Smith Eslick Cottage Court

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
The Smith Eslick Cottage Court (panel 1) The Smith-Eslick Cottage Court is believed to be the oldest original-condition motel in the United States. Built at about the same time as the 1915 opening of Rocky Mountain National . . .

(Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Valery Thibodeaux House

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
This beautiful Acadian home and grounds was the site chosen by Maj. A. Gallway, 173rd N.Y. Volunteers for the encampment of his Union Troops, April 21, 1863. This house has been continuously occupied by Valery Thibodeaux's . . .

(Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Legend of Bayou Teche/La Legendè Du Bayou Teche

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Many, many years ago, there was a huge and venomous snake. It was so large and so long that its size was not measured in feet, but in miles. Its head was at what is now known as Morgan City and its body stretched beyond St. . . .

(Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 8 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Smith-Eslick Family

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
The Smith Eslick Family (panel 1) Entrepreneur P.H. Smith brought his family to Grand County from Kansas. In 1893 he started a sawmill in Grand Lake and acquired several local properties. A skillful craftsman, P.H. Smith . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Automobiles Come to Grand Lake

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
Automobiles Come to Grand Lake (panel 1) The number of automobiles had become so large that in 1913 the State of Colorado began issuing its first license plates. The 1915 dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park drew 2000 . . .

(Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Why Did They Come?

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
It's said that Grand Lake has always had tourists. Even the original visitors, the Ute and Arapaho for example, would come in the summer to hunt and fish in the largest natural lake in Colorado, but would leave when winter . . .

(Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles • Sports) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Smith-Eslick Cottage Camp

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
Entrepreneur P.H. Smith brought his family to Grand County from Kansas. In 1893 he started a sawmill in Grand Lake and acquired several local properties. A skillful craftsman, P.H. Smith built many significant structures, . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

David Grieves

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Houston, Texas.
A member of Captain Henry Teal's company at San Jacinto Born in Scotland Died in Houston June 15, 1837

(War, Texas Independence) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Bay Window Cottage

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
The Smith Eslick Bay Window Cottage was built by the Eslick's youngest child, Loren, in 1933 when he was 26 years old. It was intended to be a check-in and store for the guests staying at the Cottage Court and other Smith . . .

(Notable Buildings) Includes complete text, location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Jethro Russell Bancroft

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Houston, Texas.
Came to Texas in 1830 Served in Captain Thomas H. McIntire's company at San Jacinto Died January 7, 1848

(War, Texas Independence) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Robert W. Montgomery

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Houston, Texas.
A member of Captain Henry Teal's company of Regulars at San Jacinto Died in Houston June, 1837

(War, Texas Independence) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Berthoud Pass

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near Winter Park, Colorado.
Berthoud Pass Across the Continental Divide between South Platte and Colorado River drainages Altitude 11,314 Feet Discovered by Capt. E.L. Berthoud Colorado pioneer May 12, 1861. Surveyed by Berthoud and Jim Bridger July, . . .

(Exploration • Roads & Vehicles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

William C. Swearingen

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Houston, Texas.
Born in Kentucky. Arrived at Velasco, January 28, 1836 on the schooner Pennsylvania to fight for the freedom of Texas. A member of Captain Amasa Turner's company at San Jacinto. Died in Houston, December 24, 1839 "Kiss . . .

(War, Texas Independence) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Grand Lake

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Grand Lake, Colorado.
The largest natural lake in Colorado Formed by glaciation 30,000 years ago Long known as the headwaters of the Colorado River. It is included in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Water from here flows through the “Adams . . .

(Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Gore Range

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Estes Park, Colorado.
Terra Tomah Mountain • 12,718ft (3877m) Mt. Julian • 12,928ft (3940m) Mt. Cracktop • 12,760ft (3889m) Mt. Ida • 12,880ft (3926m) Baker Mountain • 12,397ft (3779m) Mt. Stratus • 12,480ft (3804m) Mt. Nimbus • 12,706ft (3873m) . . .

(Notable Places) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

John Austin Wharton

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Houston, Texas.
(Front:) Erected by the State of Texas to the memory of John Austin Wharton Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1806 Died at Houston, Texas December 17, 1838 (Rear:) Member of the General Council of the Provisional . . .

(Politics • War, Texas Independence) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.
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