1. Enos A. Mills, Early Estes Park, with biographical sketch by Esther B. Mills (Estes Park, Colorado, 1959), vii. In 1918 Mills married the former Esther A. Burnell of Eureka, Kansas. One daughter, Enda, was born to the couple in 1919.
Mills' major antagonist was H. N. Wheeler, the Chief Forester of the Colorado National Forest. Mills vociferously condemned what he considered to be the unwarranted tactics used by the Forest Service against his "park idea."  Wheeler later maintained that the Forest Service's objections were reasonable rather than malicious. He explained that the Forest Service "was not strong" for a national park because there was no Park Service to administer it. However, both Wheeler and the Forest Service favored a game refuge in the Estes Park region. In fact Wheeler contended that it was from his (Wheeler's) game refuge idea that Enos Mills developed his plans for a national park. 
5. H. N. Wheeler had assumed charge of the old Colorado Forest in the summer of 1907, when people were just beginning to sell lots for the town of Estes Park. Prior to this time, Wheeler had been teaching school in Montrose, Colorado. He received an appointment in mid-July 1905 as ranger in the Gunnison Park Forest. On April 1, 1906, after having passed appropriate tests, he was given charge of the Montezuma Forest at Durango, Colorado.
In July, 1907 he left that post to head the old Colorado Forest, now called the Roosevelt National Forest, at one time a division of the Medicine Bow Range. Wheeler had charge of the Colorado Forest until January 1, 1921, except for the period from November, 1911 to April, 1913, when he re-organized the Cleveland Forest in California. Author's interview with H. N. Wheeler, December 20, 1963.
7. "To Whom It May Concern: Estes National Park and Game Preserve" January 21, 1910: Papers of J. Horace McFarland From File 80, Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, State Museum Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Xeroxed copies found in Rocky Mountain National Park Library. Hereafter cited as Papers of McFarland.
21. Senate Joint Memorial No. 4, Report from Committee on Public Lands, 63rd Congress, 3rd Session, January 12, 1915, found in Edmund B. Rogers, "History of Legislation Relating to the National Park System Through the 82nd Congress," mimeographed copy, 1958, unnumbered pages. Rocky Mountain National Park Library.
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