Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past

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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. 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.
ISBN: 9781626191617
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Colorado
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 56
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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.