Grand Lake in Grand County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Automobiles Come to Grand Lake
Automobiles made it easier for tourists to come to Grand Lake in the summer, but were even less efficient at bringing customers in the winter than had been sleighs and wagons. The mail was still being delivered to Grand Lake by sleigh in the winter of 1925, but the summer business of that same year brought throngs of visitors dressed for adventures in the wild mountain west.
In fall of 1918, the Eslick boys purchased a Ford runabout. The newspapers of the time routinely reported every sale of an automobile, and by 1921 there were even used cars for sale, which indicates the level of interest and excitement the folks of Grand County had for cars. There was such a sense of freedom, being able to travel at will and without reliance on horses or stage lines.
A municipal camp ground specifically
Bringing suitable roads to remote Grand Lake was slowed by the short construction season and long winters, the harsh terrain, and funding problems. Berthoud Pass, now U.S. Highway 40 and the primary route to Grand Lake, started as a foot trail, and was not a completed road until 1874. It was constructed a little at
The State of Colorado began work on Fall River Road in 1913, to allow one to drive from Estes Park to the continental divide. Work was done primarily by hand and at first by convict labor. Building a road from the Grand Lake side through the new Rocky Mountain National Park began in 1917 and was completed by 1920. Automobiles quickly increased visitation. By 1919 “Rocky” was the most visited national park in the country, and newly accessible Grand Lake was busy with overnight visitors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 15.095′ N, 105° 49.411′ W. Marker is in Grand Lake, Colorado, in Grand County. Marker is on Vine Street north of Lake Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker panels are mounted at eye-level, directly on the Smith-Eslick Cottage Court Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 Lake Avenue, Grand Lake CO 80447, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Smith-Eslick Family (here, next to this marker); Smith Eslick Cottage Camp (a few steps from this marker); The Bay Window Cottage (a few steps from this marker); Why Did They Come? (a few steps from this marker); The Smith Eslick Cottage Court (a few steps from this marker); The Smith-Eslick Cottage Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Lake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Public Square (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Lake.
More about this marker. This is a two-panel marker; each panel is framed and covered with transparent acrylic.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Smith-Eslick Cottage Camp
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.