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Morrison in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Summer White House

 
 
Summer White House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa Hilton Small, October 13, 2019
1. Summer White House Marker
Inscription.  In 1911, John Brisben Walker, owner of the property that is now Mount Falcon Park, promoted the idea of a Summer White House. The cornerstone of Colorado yule marble was laid on July 4, 1914 on this proposed site for the building. What you see here is all that remains of his dream to create a "castle in the clouds" for the enjoyment of the Presidents of the United States.

Modeled after castles in Europe, the idea was to give the President a place to spend time enjoying Colorado. John Walker hired Denver architect J.B. Benedict to draw up renderings for a 22-room castle on Mount Falcon. The design sketches were made in an effort to promote the idea and raise funds to begin construction. Proposals to fund construction included a scheme to persuade the nation's school children to contribute their pennies.

Shortly afterward, Walker became involved with other projects and his plans for the summer White House never materialized. However, his vision of preserving the natural beauty of Colorado continues in Mount Falcon Park.
 
Erected by Jefferson County Open Space.
 
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is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1914.
 
Location. 39° 38.428′ N, 105° 13.107′ W. Marker is in Morrison, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Vine Street. Located in Mount Falcon Park at end of Walker's Dream Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3852 Vine Street, Morrison CO 80465, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Brisben Walker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Red Rocks Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Red Rocks Amphitheatre (approx. 1.9 miles away); Front Range Foothills (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cretaceous Time (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Rocky Mountains (approx. 2.9 miles away); Volcanic Ash (approx. 2.9 miles away); Brontosaur Bulges (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morrison.
 
More about this marker. The site is 6.14 miles roundtrip from the East Trailhead. The elevation at the marker is about 6,774 feet. You will experience a 1,535 foot elevation gain.
 
Also see . . .  9News article about what could have been a summer home for the president. (Submitted on October 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Summer White House cornerstone. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa Hilton Small, October 13, 2019
2. Summer White House cornerstone.
All that is left of the proposed Summer White House. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa Hilton Small, October 13, 2019
3. All that is left of the proposed Summer White House.
White cornerstone can be seen in background.
Summer White House Marker near unfinished building. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Theresa Hilton Small, October 13, 2019
4. Summer White House Marker near unfinished building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,167 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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