Category Archives: Historical Information

Saving an Old GL Summer Rental Cabin

The Village of Grand Lake, (GL) was a pretty difficult place to live after the three silver mines that spurred its existence failed in the early 1880s. Those who stayed to tough out the harsh winter weather eventually found themselves … Continue reading

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Reflections from Point Park

     A Special Place On the Shore of Grand Lake, Colorado Researched and written by Steve Batty My family has been coming almost every summer to Grand Lake since 1908 when Jay Adams invited the Battys and Keesters, from Jay’s … Continue reading

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Max K Fraughton aka Barney McCoy

This project began as I was reading Nell Pauly’s book, The Day Before Yesterday one fall afternoon while sitting outdoors at The Hub sipping a cup of coffee. It was a beautiful September day with the aspen in full color. … Continue reading

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Short Stories from Grand Lake’s History

The following are Grand Lake Area Historical Society Newsletter articles I’ve written over the last few years. The first one was the 2015 article. To view a larger image of a page, use the zoom feature under your view tab … Continue reading

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My Col. Gimperling Journey-part 12; Mystery Solved

On February 18, 2017 I received the following email concerning the blog I did way back in 2011. —– Original Message ——- From : Cynda Eades Sent : 2/18/2017 4:37:00 PM To : sbatty@mccooknet.com Subject : RE: Need info on … Continue reading

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Outing with Jonah to Gaskill, CO–An old 1880 Mining Town

On Wednesday, July 16 Jonah and I set out to learn about old mining towns and dowsing graves. Our first stop was the the North Fork of the Colorado River at the old Betty Dick cabin inside RMNP. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Out to find Teepee and old Cave near Byers Canyon June 2014

On Friday morning June 20th 2014 I met Paul Gilbert for an outing in his old childhood stomping grounds southwest of Hot Sulphur Spring, CO. Paul had grown up just outside Byers Canyon with his parents and older brother. His … Continue reading

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My Col. Gimperling Journey – part 10 – The rest of his West Point story

Thinking more about the “mutiny”, as some journalist labeled it, which occurred on the USMC campus April 1901 I can understand some of the cadet’s frustration. Reflecting to when I was 18, looking forward to moving away from home and … Continue reading

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My Col. Gimperling Journey– part 9 – His West Point years 1899-1904

The Gimp started his West Point career in June of 1899 as a “beast” as the upper classmenreferred to the Fourth Class me or plebs. The summer would have been spent in a tent learning how to march and other … Continue reading

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My Col. Gimperling Journey–part 7

This morning, after awaking at 0400 hours, I started thinking what Col. Gimperling’s childhood might have been like. Last weekend while doing a little more research into his parents and siblings I noticed that his father had been born in … Continue reading

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