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Municipal Facts
1918 cover featuring
Mt. Evans and Mountain Parks

Historic Tour of Bear Creek Canyon

--from the Brush Tribune, May 13, 1929


The little town of Morrison is showing renewed activity. Fresh paint and new decorations are in evidence in almost every place of business. At this place the tourist gets his first glimpse of the beauties of the mountain parks. Here is found beautiful camping places in shady groves beside the clear waters of Bear creek; the gateway to the wonderful Park of the Red Rocks as well as the gateway to the wonderful system of mountain parks maintained by the city of Denver. A day or a month can profitably be spent in camp here, or if one prefers, rooms can be rented with all the comforts of home, or hotel accommodations can be had at the beautiful and home-like Morrison hotel, located on a sightly elevation commanding a view of the beautiful valley on one side while on the other is the pine-covered hills of the front range of the eternal Rockies. This is a favorite outfitting point for those going further into the mountains for an extended stay. Morrison is reached from Denver over a magnificent paved boulevard winding through a beautiful and fertile farming section.


Continuing up Bear creek is a broad and smooth mountain road following the course of the stream through the most enchanting scenery of the world. Perpendicular walls of granite tower above on one side while on the other is the roaring, tumbling crystal waters of Bear creek, forcing its way over huge boulders and pebbly pools to eventually join the "father of waters" and flow on to the gulf. The roadway is lined with the beauties of nature. While the majestic pines clothed in their verdure of green line the rocky cliffs, the hundreds of other species of tree and shrub are just now putting on their spring coat of green leaves and fragrant blossom, tempting humanity to break away from the cares and tribulations of business and mingle with the wondrous beauties of nature for a time. Along this drive are beautiful little valleys, shady nooks and grassy plots inviting the traveler to stop, while in the clear waters of the stream the speckled trout are daring him to cast a line.


Rounding a horn of the rocky cliffs, the traveler on his first trip over this drive is enraptured by the beauties of the widening valley as he approaches the little town of Starbuck. Here the wonderful works of nature, and the artistic hand of man have combined. Scattered over the verdant slops of the hillsides are beautiful summer homes, palatial residences, shady nooks and inviting spots. Here are stores, refreshment stands, dancing pavilion and every imaginable inducement to stop and enjoy one's self. ... Here is the magnificent club building of the Colorado Motor Club, a massive structure surrounded by beautiful grounds and furnishing rest and refreshment for the traveler or pleasure seeker. The beautiful hillsides are dotted with modern cottages which may be secured for a season—where one can spend a day, a week, or the entire summer without a pang of regret.


A few miles of this brings you to another point where the valley broadens and the beautiful town site of Kittridge. Here again is presented the opportunity for recreation and refreshment. A beautiful panorama of rolling hills and entrancing home sites along the banks of Bear creek and on the pine covered slopes of the surrounding hills.


At this point [Kittredge] a road bears off to the south where a detour of four miles brings one to the wonderful Indian Hills settlement, a large and beautiful expanse where the more exclusive maintain a settlement of mountain homes. Here is the club house of the Indian Hills Motor club. ...Here also is an Indian colony where an extensive system of Indian pueblos have been built and where a tribe of Southern Ute Indians reside and engage in the manufacture of Indian novelties which the tourist can be assured is the genuine article. This is a great attraction, especially to the eastern tourist who has had little opportunity to see the Indian in his native haunts.

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