April 29th - Photo Of The Week...
Taken in the morning Saturday, this week's photo of the week features a beautiful Spring view of Lake Estes in northern Colorado. The world famous Stanley Hotel can be seen on the hillside across the lake.
The Stanley Hotel, designed and constructed by F. O. Stanley, inventor of the photographic process used by Kodak and of the Stanley Steamer automobile, was completed in 1909. The hotel is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was the inspiration for author Stephen King's thrilling novels, "The Shining" and "Pet
Semetary". The 1997 television miniseries version of "The Shining" was filmed on location at the Stanley Hotel.
Lake Estes is actually a reservoir formed by Olympus Dam. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation decided a dam on the Big Thompson River would be necessary to re-regulate a controlled rate of outflow for the Estes Park-Foothills power system.
Construction on the Olympus Dam began in the summer of 1947. By fall of the next year, the work was nearly complete. Reclamation began to fill Lake Estes in November 1948. The reservoir was officially named Lake Estes June 5, 1949.
Lake Estes is today a popular recreation site featuring boating, fishing and picnicking. The lake and surrounding area is also home to a variety of wildlife and waterfowl. The 3-3/4 mile Lake Estes Trail, which circles Lake Estes, is a popular and scenic trail for biking, hiking and jogging.