F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived

Date: 
8/10/2016, 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park
 
Performer Kurtis Kelly will step into the role of the legendary Mr. Stanley, whose famous Colorado hotel and hydroplant celebrated their centennial anniversary in 2009. Stanley reflected in 1928 that no visitor to Estes Park "has had a more varied experience than I have had. For twenty-six consecutive years I have been a summer visitor to Estes Park. This has given me an opportunity to watch its growth; to see the village grow from one having only two cottages to having several hundred cottages; to see the hotels increase from four to some 25; and the time required to go from Denver to Estes Park reduced from an all-day's journey to a comfortable ride in an automobile in two and one-half hours." 
 
In addition to his hotel business, Stanley, along with his twin brother, gained national fame as developers of an early and popular form of dry-plate photography, and later as developers of the Stanley Brothers steam-powered automobile, which held the land-speed record in 1906. Stanley was also a maker of fine violins and operated a violin-making firm with his nephew, Carleton Stanley. Kelly's performance will explore these many achievements of Stanley's long and varied life. This program will be identical to the ones offered on May 31, June 11, and July 6. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and children, $7 for non-members for the program.
 
Questions? Contact the Curator of Education at 970-577-3762.