Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Images of America Series)

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Images of America Series)

by Phyllis J. Perry


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Rocky Mountain National Park is often called “the crown jewel” of the nation’s park system. Set in Colorado in the southern part of the Rocky Mountain chain, which forms the backbone of North America, the park contains 72 named peaks above 12,000 feet with the tallest of these, Longs Peak, rising to 14,259 feet. Established in 1915 as a national park, it now hosts more than two million visitors every year. Vacationers enjoy picnicking, hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, and simply admiring the beauties of the park, which include alpine plants, wildflowers, aspen, conifers, lakes, streams, waterfalls, and an abundance of birds and animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738556277
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,212,618
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Phyllis J. Perry is the author of 68 books, including three on Colorado. She was assisted by photographer David Perry and Rocky Mountain National Park Museum curator Tim Burchett in selecting the historic photographs for this book from the Rocky Mountain National Park archives. These amazing pictures, many taken by early park rangers and naturalists, give a glimpse into the past of a variety of colorful people and events that shaped this park located “on the top of the world.”

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Native Americans in the Area     9
Homesteaders, Cabins, and Lodges     19
Early Commercial Activities     45
Formation and Growth of Rocky Mountain National Park     57
Outdoor Fun in the Park     65
Major Construction Projects     85
Dangers in the Park     95
Natural Beauties     113
Bibliography     127

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