The idea of Rocky Mountain National Park: A
History was first generated in 1976. Much of the credit for insuring
the publication of this volume should go to Glen Kaye, Rocky Mountain
National Park's Chief Naturalist. Mr. Kaye's enthusiasm for the project
made the research proceed smoothly and his advice and assistance were
always helpful. In addition, numerous people associated with Rocky
Mountain National Park offered their time and knowledge, especially
Superintendent Chester L. Brooks, Edgar Menning, James Wilson, Dr.
Ferrel Atkins, Michael Smithson, Teresa Vazquez, Marji Dunmire, Connie
Neal, Jody Magnuson, Kris Johnson, and Jean Menning. Devoting hours to
the painstaking task of photographic reproduction were Walter Richards,
Bill Chase, and Skip Betts.
National Park Service officials at the Rocky Mountain
Regional Office in Denver frequently and freely provided information and
assistance. James Randall, James Olson, Dr. Michael Schene, Jim
Harpster, Mary Culpin, Dr. Adrienne Anderson, Dr. Ann Johnson, and Dr.
Kenneth Hornbeck were particularly generous with their knowledge. Ruth
Larison at the Rocky Mountain Regional Office library was especially
considerate in her assistance.
The efforts of Joe Barker at the Federal Records
Center in Denver, of Lee Carr of the United States Forest Service, and
Richard Crawford at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. expedited
many research problems. Mel Busch, curator of the Estes Park Area
Historical Museum, rendered special help with photographs.
Over the years, ideas and details supplied by Bob
Frauson, William Colony, Robert Haraden, Doug Erskine, Gary Bunney,
Frank Betts, and Jerry Hammond proved to be especially beneficial to
The assistance of Ellen Leuthauser, Jean Deahn, and
Karen Sackett of the Arapahoe Community College Library is appreciated
as are the efforts of Mrs. Lennie Bemiss of the Estes Park Public
Library. Staff members of the Edwin A. Bemis Library in Littleton, the
Estes Park Public Library, the Colorado State Historical Society, Norlin
Library of the University of Colorado, and the Western History
Department of the Denver Public Library also provided help. Of special
importance were my colleagues, Carroll Williams, Richard L. Morgan,
Sally Kurtzman, Jenni Caldwell, Claire Rogers, and Jackie Wilcox, who
frequently assisted in clarifying some of the finer points in history
and in writing as well as adding their encouragement to this effort.
The Rocky Mountain Nature Association generously
granted research funds for this project, enabling the author to initiate
this study, and for that award he is particularly grateful. Living with
a task as absorbing as this book has not been easy, and the author
wishes to thank his wife Marcy and his sons Brett, Austin, and Jesse for
their consideration and understanding.