Category Archives: historical

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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Short History of Early Grand County

Taken from A History of the State of Colorado 1895 GRAND COUNTY. Middle park—taken from Ute Indians—a famous hunting ground—general DESCRIPTION—GLOWING ACCOUNT BY BAYARD TAYLOR—SCENIC SPLENDORS—
STREAMS—HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS—EARLY SETTLERS—DETAILS OF AN AWFUL
MASSACRE—ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE TRAGEDIES EVER COMMITTED IN … Continue reading

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ED’s GRAND LAKE TALES

Prologue – I first met Ed and Betty McCrillis the summer of 2005 in Denver as they were having a family reunion there but primarily in Grand Lake. The reunion portion to take place in Grand Lake did not happen. … 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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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 8 – Getting into West Point

This was a very interesting and challenging time at West Point as well as  for Cadet T. N. Gimperling. Remember, the images on this page are thumbnails. To see the original image click on the thumbnail image. Let’s start with … Continue reading

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My Col. Gimperling Journey–part 1

Click on the URL below and listen to my introduction. Steve http://www.mccookdirect.com/gimperling/gimperling-intro.mp3 Download this MP3 – (Right Click) It all started in September of 2010 when my Grand Lake neighbor, Bob Jackson from Houston, gave me an old padlock. The … Continue reading

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