Estes Park, nd (1940s?). Item #98-2307
Oblong 3.5 x 6.25, creased, soiled, worn esp corners, small tear, grease pencil number on the reverse. Back of card: "Just a Reminder . . . Summer is on the way. When planning your vacation remember cool Colorado . . . Stead Ranch and Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado Within the Rocky Mountain National Park" and shows a "cowboy" next to the advertisement. Stead Ranch was located in Moraine Park, outside of Estes Park. Its 60 acres was originally owned by Albert Sprague who sold it to J.D. Stead in 1904. Stead Ranch was a popular tourist attraction, a "dude ranch," it boasted guest cottages, a swimming pool and bath house, a dining hall that seated 250 guests and later, a 9-hole golf course (after it was purchased by Sprague's nephew). The National Park Service bought the land in 1962, removed the buildings and returned it to a more natural state.