Colorado Summer Attractions 1917, Cherokee Park

Union Pacifc Overland Ltd. near Hermosa, WY 1927

The 1917 tourist brochure Colorado For The Tourist offered some “off the beaten path” retreats:
          “A favorite Northern Colorado resort is Cherokee Park, 90 miles northwest of Denver, reached most conveniently over the Union Pacific to Hermosa, Wyoming, thence via automobile to the park.
         “The fare from Denver to Hermosa is $5.85 for the round trip. From June 1 to September 1 for parties of three or more the Union Pacific makes a rate of $4.40 for the round trip. The automobile fare is $3.00 for the round trip from Hermosa to Cherokee. Automobile service is also maintained between Fort Collins, Colorado, and the park.
          “For $30.00 a most enjoyable week can be spent at Cherokee Park. This sum includes railroad and auto fare from Denver, board at Compton’s Hotel, and rental of saddle horse. The Cache La Poudre river affords excellent fishing in the park.
           “Zimmerman’s resort (Home, Colo, postoffice) is 55 miles west of Fort Collins on the Union Pacific, its nearest railroad point. Automobile makes the trip from Fort Collins to the resort in five hours, over a picturesque mountain road. There is good fishing and hunting in the vicinity. Automobile fare is $5.00 each way, and rates at the hotel are $3.00 a day and up American plan.”

Cherokee Park was originally called Saint Cloud; the name was changed to Cherokee Park in 1913. This remote location in Larimer County had a Post Office from 1884 to 1933.  The community of Home in Larimer County, Colorado had a Post Office from 1882-1946.

If you skipped the Fort Collins link in the text above, don’t miss the wonderful Fort Collins History Connection based on a 1905 Chamber of Commerce brochure and accompanied by period photographs.

Photo courtesy the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection

Quoted text from a free promotional booklet “Colorado for the Tourist” produced by the Union Pacific Railroad for the summer tourist season of 1917.

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