Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past

Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past

by Laura Van Dusen
     
 

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The geographic center of Colorado, Park County has long served as a recreational area for Denver and Colorado Springs residents looking to get away. The scene has not always been so idyllic. Marshal Cook was shot while investigating a loud party in Como in 1894, and rumors spread by the Michigan Creek School Board sent Benjamin Ratcliff on a killing spree in 1895.

Overview


The geographic center of Colorado, Park County has long served as a recreational area for Denver and Colorado Springs residents looking to get away. The scene has not always been so idyllic. Marshal Cook was shot while investigating a loud party in Como in 1894, and rumors spread by the Michigan Creek School Board sent Benjamin Ratcliff on a killing spree in 1895. But the county's hardscrabble heritage includes triumphs as well as tragedies. In 1873, county seat Fairplay lost every business on Front Street to a horrific fire. But by 1878, they had rebuilt it all. It still stands today, a true testament to the strength of this old mining town. Journalist Laura Van Dusen shares these stories, outlining the many trials and successes of Park County's earliest settlers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626191617
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
American Chronicles
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,075,280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Laura Van Dusen studied photography at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. In 2010 she began writing regularly as a freelance correspondent for the Park County Republican and Fairplay Flume. In October 2011, she started the monthly feature Parked in the Past, exploring the history of Park County.

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