Grand Lake

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The village of Grand Lake, Colorado, located at 8,367 feet above sea level, is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park amid the Never Summer Wilderness Area. Nestled along the shores of the largest, deepest, and—many suspect—coldest natural lake in Colorado, the village presents a charming portrait of snow-capped peaks, moose hollows, and glacier-fed waters that surround a town with wooded boardwalks and historic hewn-log hotels. Only a few generations ago, the area was the hunting and fishing grounds of both the Ute and the Arapaho Indian tribes, who each called the clear body of water "Spirit Lake" based on their own legends about this mystical place. The village's hardy mountain residents, many of whom are descendants of the area's original permanent settlers, help to shape, but never conquer, the subalpine terrain, with its annual unforgiving winter environments and perfect summer evenings. Times are still simpler in this mountain village but also accurately reflect an octogenarian resident's words: "life might be easier now, but it was simpler in the days of kerosene lamps and wood burning stove, when each man's sleigh bells had their distinctive ring." We present mostly the "then" and some of the "now" of Grand Lake, which are both unusually similar and equally admired by residents and visitors alike.
ISBN: 9781467133401
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 199
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Avis Gray, longtime and fond resident of Grand Lake, has written six books of local history and lore, taught architecture and design back East, and now owns the only bookstore in Grand County, specializing in Colorado history and camaraderie. Sarah McCarthy, a Colorado historic preservationist, is excited to coauthor this collection and to tell the unique story of the trails, passes, lakes, rivers, and people of this village high in the Colorado Rockies.
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