Summer Attractions 1918, Denver National Park

Mount Evans

“No area of the West contains more in scenic qualities and excels as a center for summer homes than the Mount Evans region. With the construction of a proposed highway to the top of the mountain, Denver, with its quarter of a million population, will have the most accessible mountain scenery in the country.”
         
So read a 1918 brochure “Come Up To Colorado” produced by the Denver Tourist & Publicity Bureau. That same year there was an initiative to develop a Denver National Park.         
          On January, 1918, Senator Shafroth, introduced U.S. Senate Bill S.3587, “A bill to establish the Denver National Park.” A similar bill (H.R. 9220) was introduced in the House of Representatives three days later by Congressman Hilliard of Colorado.” The proposed Denver National Park included Mount Evans (66 miles from the heart of Denver). The bills were not enacted.

Information from “Come Up To Colorado,” a free promotional booklet published by The Denver Tourist & Publicity Bureau in 1918, and the “Report of the Director of the National Park Service to the Secretary of Interior for Fiscal Year June 30, 1918.”

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