The Stanley Hotel Panorama
If you are ever in Estes Park Colorado, The Stanley Hotel is a must see. Last trip up to RMNP I thought I’d do a wide angle shot of the front of the hotel. There are mountains all around this incredible landmark that was the inspiration for the Book “The Shining”, and the view from the front of the hotel gives a view of Rocky Mountain National Park snow covered peaks. Custom Colorado fine art prints available online – The Stanley Hotel Panorama
It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the rich and famous, including the RMS Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities. The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1903, Stanley, who was co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, came to Estes Park for his health. Stanley suffered from tuberculosis and came West at his doctor’s suggestion. The doctor arranged for Stanley and his wife, Flora, to stay in a cabin in Estes Park for the summer. Immediately, they fell in love with the area and Stanley’s health began to dramatically improve. Impressed by the beauty of the valley and grateful for the improvement in his health, he decided to invest his money and his future there. In 1909, he opened the elegant Stanley Hotel, a classic hostelry exemplifying the golden age of touring.
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Posted on March 15, 2014, in Estes Park and tagged 'Estes Park', buildings, Colorado, historical, hotels, James Insogna, landmarks, pano, panorama, panorama views, scenery, scenic, shining, stanley hotel, the stanley hotel, views, white. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.