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June 22nd '98
Expedition

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Expedition to Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a natural portrait which has been growing on the web since 1994. That's when Michael Dallin began his web coverage of RMNP's many images and its history (by D. Ferrel Atkins). The RMNA's site is up, as are other good pages on the park (such as Bob's or Arthur's, see also GORP's RMNP page). It is a privilege to be adding to that portrait here.

The hotel where Kubrick's The Shining was shot is on RMNP. The park's distinctive horse's-hoof mountain peak is the stuff of legend. The portrait of RMNP in print dates back to the 1846 publication of Rufus Sage's "Scenes in the Rocky Mountains" and continued in the 1870's and 80's with Isabella Bird's "A Ladies Life in the Rocky Mountains" and Frederick Chapin's "Mountaineering in Colorado".

Curt Buchholz teaching about the writer's cabin and the valley history on the porch

Rachel was inspired to start writing at the writer's cabin

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photo taken on June 14th pre-expedition

The writer's cabin in the digital images on this page was built around 1912 by William Allen White. As editor of the Emporia Gazette, his editorials represented the voice of small-town America and his opinions were a much-loved specimen of the perceptiveness which thrived outside the big cities. You can learn more about him in D. Ferrel Atkins' Commentary below. The whole idea of "grass-roots" America, so highly regarded today, was spearheaded by William Allen White who became its model and its spokesman.

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June 22nd Image Commentary by D. Ferrel Atkins

Our teleparticipating historian provided us with 3 vignette captions
to go with these 5 images which were uploaded and posted that day.