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Park County Historical Society

June 2019

Mark your calendar!

Bailey Day - Old West Fest

Saturday - June 22
Each year Bailey Day gets better and better.  And, this year is no exception!
In addition to dozens of venders offering Colorado wares, there are festivities planned for all ages, including many activities at McGraw Memorial Park.
All the historic structures at McGraw Park will be open for visitors. There will be docents at every location to answer any questions you may have.
McGraw Park activities include:
  • 10:00 - Flag Raising ceremony
  • 10:00 - Foothills Prospector demonstrations
  • 10:00 - Hayrides from Bailey Propane to Farmers Union
  • 10:30 - FREE  Hot dog combo for anyone becoming or renewing a PCHS member
  • 10:30 - Tours of Entriken cabin, Wren cabin, Shawnee School, and the Caboose.
  • 11:00 - Chad Watkins from Ice Cold Gold on History Channel
  • 12:00 - Music by Hillbilly Alien - Miner Pickers
  •   1:00 - Kids Treasure Hunt
  •   2:00 - Park County Regulators re-enactment
  •   3:00 - Ridge Runners Square Dance
  •   3:30 - Dramatic reading by Elizabeth Entriken
  •   4:00 - Guitar and Fiddle by Richard Staller
  •   4:30 - Flag Retreat Ceremony by VFW
All day PCHS Artifact Sale
at McGraw Park
There are many items in the PCHS Annex that we no longer need or we have duplicates of.  Some items will be modestly priced and some items will be FREE with a donation to the PCHS.
All sales and donations will go toward maintaining McGraw Park and advancing the mission of the PCHS.
Volunteers Needed

We could always use volunteers to help with Bailey Day.  No experience or skills needed - just a desire to help where you are needed.
What can I volunteer to do on Bailey Day, Saturday June 22nd?
  • Need 2 hotdog grillers and 2 hot dog sellers  (10am – 1pm shift,  1 to 4:30pm shift)
  • Need an MC or Master of Ceremonies
  • Need backup hosts for Schoolhouse, Wren Cabin and Entriken Cabin

Contact Jim Glenn at 303-699-8056 or

Rent your Bailey Day costume at 

Saunders Costumes

Thanks to John & Eva Juzwiak

Fittings at Lynwood Park
59786 Hwy 285, Bailey.


Call 719-635-1773 to set up fitting on June 20-21

Prices start at $45

Saunders Costumes rents, sells, designs, and creates costumes for theater, cos-play, western, medieval, Victorian-era renaissance, steampunk and any timeline that you desire. These costumes are perfect for school plays, reenactments, and events such as Comic-Con. Our costumes are assembled by our professional designer. We can do fashion shows about any time period! We can provide for school plays and historic characters, We also offer School History and dress up day services. Please contact us today to learn more about us!
Just  a note from The Park County Historical Society President

I want to thank everyone that has been an integral part of the growth and Membership of the PCHS.

We can not grow without your Membership, which helps all of us Volunteers to continue to labor at McGraw Park with ever growing projects to maintain and care for our aging buildings, painting, Caboose repairs and beautification Projects in our Park.

It has been a tough long winter and we had hopes of having a Movie Night each Saturday throughout the year but that has already ended because of the low numbers of attendees.  We have the summer months scheduled with speakers and hopefully all of you will be able to attend.

We are always looking for new ideas and new members.  If you spread the word about the PCHS, or bring someone with you.

We will be available at Bailey Days to sign up New Members and everyone can go through our buildings at the Park.

Thank You All,
Linda Watson
Park County Historical Society trip heads to Glen Isle
by Pat Mauro

On May 11, the Park County Historical Society headed to Glen-Isle to tour the historic 119 year old lodge and surroundings. There were about 38 attendees that made our way to tour the lodge, cabins and Kiva Room. 

The lodge,  built in 1900 had a fresh update, but still has the charm and splendor that many of us recall from previous visits to the lodge. Our gracious hosts, new owners of Glen-Isle, Greg and Mary Ruth Vincent explained how they had acquired the grand lodge and surroundings in 2016, purchasing the property from the Tripp family. Barb Tripp passed in 2012, right after our last trip to tour Glen-Isle. 

Greg and Mary Ruth explained the details of many obstacles they've had, to be able to reopen the lodge, and preserve the rustic ambience of Glen-Isle, as it was originally designed for, when it was built in 1900 by a group of Denver business men.

We made our way through all the rooms in the lodge, including the dining room, guest rooms, kitchen, gift shop, and pool room (equipped with a 1900 Brunswick pool table).

Many pictures from the early days at Glen-Isle, adorn the walls in the lobby, and a railroad crossing cross-buck remind us of the Denver South Park and Pacific and Colorado and Southern railroad that was the original connection for travelers to arrive at Glen-Isle. 

Barb Tripp once told the story of when she and former PCHS President Bob Wonder would hop on the train from Glen-Isle and ride for free to the town of Bailey. 

After viewing the lodge, we then visited the Kiva Room, which was built by the Tripp's in the 1950's. We viewed the recent updates to the bathroom and a nice shiny wooden floor too. 

The Kiva is where square dancing was held in the Tripp era, along with Barb's Christmas sales. We then hiked up the hill to the Glen-View lodge, one of the larger cabins on the resort property, we passed the horse stables, and visited with them. 

The Vincent's would like to bring back some of the old traditions from Glen-Isle, like the Chuckwagon Dinners that the Tripp's had done in the past, and a coffee shop in the lodge dining room. 

At the Glen-View lodge, we noticed the new updates to the bathroom and kitchen, while still preserving the original rustic feel that all the cabins of Glen-Isle have with each cabin, having their own unique design. 

We then ate lunch, and ended our tour of Glen-Isle, we thank the Vincent's for their hospitality, and are excited about the future of Glen-Isle! 

See more at Stay tuned for more PCHS upcoming tours and programs at, and follow us on Facebook too!

Greg Vincent speaks to the PCHS crowd, explaining their recent history and future plans as the new owners of Glen-Isle.
The PCHS attendees listen to Greg Vincent explain the details of the lodge in the unique lobby of the lodge.
Spring Planting - Volunteers Needed
Mark your calendar!

McGraw Memorial Park Plantings
Saturday, June 15

Want to make Bailey's own park even better? You are invited to plant flowers at McGraw Park on Saturday, June 15 at 10am.  

Fun group of people get to plant in a park by the North Fork of the South Platte.  RSVP so we have enough snacks and water. 

Thank you,

Jim 303-699-8056 

We want to express our sincerest gratitude to all the volunteers who have helped this past year. The landscaping at McGraw Park never looked better!

We welcome new and former volunteers to help this year by:
  • donating, planting, watering and mowing to make McGraw Park colorful and welcoming.
  • maintaining benches and picnic tables in the park and on the Morrow Mountain trail
  • moving forward with the huge irrigation project
  • cleaning and maintaining the buildings
Contact Sue Glenn at

Website News
Several new files have been added to the "Resource" section of the PCHS website including:
  • Article: Guffy Roots
  • Article: WPA Privy 1935-1943
  • Article: Stories from former Sheriff Norman Howey
  • Article: The Evolution of the Guffy General Store
  • Document: Snowstorm Dredge and Placer Chronology
  • Document: Historic Ranching in Park County
  • Document: Cline Ranch Historical Assessment
  • Links: Historic Towns in Park County
If you visit the PCHS website often, you can always see what is new by reviewing the "Blog" section.
Join or renew your PCHS membership now.
Aside from periodic fundraisers and donations, the primary source of our funding is our membership program. The funds raised are used to pay our utility expenses, maintain and supply our public restrooms, make repairs to our historic buildings, landscaping, trail maintenance, insurance, tax preparation, website, and fees to maintain our tax exempt status.  Needless to say, the term "non-profit" applies to our organization in every way. We need your help.

There are several membership plans available to fit your needs. They are:
Student K-12
Senior Individual
Your may join or renew on-line using your PayPal account or credit card.
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Or, you may select your membership plan and make payment by check.
Join or renew your membership by check.
Or, if you are already a member and still want to help, you can always make a donation.
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Just who were Bill and Ann Bailey?

Willian and Ann Bailey Timeline researched and complied by Jane Gilsinger, Park County Local History Archives

Walt Whitman in Colorado

In 1879, the poet Walt Whitman crossed Kenosha Pass and described its summit with these words: 

“I jot these lines literally at Kenosha summit, where we return, afternoon, and take a long rest, 10,000 feet above sea-level. At this immense height the South Park stretches fifty miles before me. Mountainous chains and peaks in every variety of perspective, every hue of vista, fringe the the whole Western world is, in a sense, but an expansion of these mountains.

Calendar of Events
We do not have all our events planned just yet, but some we have planned some far include:
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 7
August 17
August 24
August 31
Planting Day at McGraw Park
Bailey Day
Big Game in Colorado by Ian Petkash - Hartsel
CR 77 or Tarryall Road Tour
Railroad Day
Gold Panning trip
Save that Cabin by Andrew Spencer - Bailey
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