Historic Tales from Park County:: Parked in the Past (American Chronicles (History Press))

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The geographic center of Colorado, Park County has long served as a recreational area for Denver and Colorado Springs residents looking to get away. The scene has not always been so idyllic. Marshal Cook was shot while investigating a loud party in Como in 1894, and rumors spread by the Michigan Creek School Board sent Benjamin Ratcliff on a killing spree in 1895. But the county's hardscrabble heritage includes triumphs as well as tragedies. In 1873, county seat Fairplay lost every business on Front Street to a horrific fire. But by 1878, they had rebuilt it all. It still stands today, a true testament to the strength of this old mining town. Journalist Laura Van Dusen shares these stories, outlining the many trials and successes of Park County's earliest settlers.

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Laura Van Dusen studied photography at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. In 2010 she began writing regularly as a freelance correspondent for the Park County Republican and Fairplay Flume. In October 2011, she started the monthly feature Parked in the Past, exploring the history of Park County.

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"This is a delightful read for anyone interested in our Colorado Central country, especially Park County. Laura Van Dusen wrote most of these chapters for her monthly column in the Fairplay Flume newspaper, and that's an advantage. The reader can pick up the book at any point, just as he or she might a newspaper, and read the news of the day, be it 1966 or 1866.
Parked in the Past is well worth buying and putting on your bedside reading table. Pick it up and enjoy. I did." - Colorado Central Magazine, March 2014, Forrest Whitman

"Van Dusen lays out a clear time line of Park County's history, with many photos to illustrate the nearly 100 years covered. She deftly guides the reader through the landscape, touching on many well-known historical figures, such as Silverheels, the Tabors and Father Dyer. Present, too, are many lesser-known individuals, who passed quietly through history, often leaving a name on a prairie town, in a land register, in law books, on a Civil War battlefield or on gravestones." - Summit Daily, Dec. 12, 2013, Karina Wetherbee

"thorough research and easy-to-read writing style" "has the reader engaged from the first pages as the stories unfold of rugged pioneers, hardy ranchers and enterprising miners" - Park County Republican and Fairplay Flume, Nov. 15, 2013

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