Grand Lake





                                                                      
                                                                      Gorgeous Grand Lake
















               Above photos from:   www.grandlakecolorado.com  ~ and ~  www.grandlakechamber.com




Grand Lake is at an elevation of 8437 feet (2572 meters) and was established in 1879. It derives its name from the near by lake,
the largest natural body of water in the state. The town was originally an outfitting and supply point for the mining settlements of
Lulu City, Teller City and Gaskill, but today is more of a tourist town. It was incorporated 23 June 1944 and briefly held the county
seat from 1882 to 1888.   

Grand County is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains immediately west of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is approximately
85 miles from Denver and in the middle of a spectacular recreation area.

Visitors will delight in the quaint cabins and summer homes dotting the shores of the state’s largest natural lake.

Stroll along the rustic boardwalk featuring casual mountain shopping and western-style storefronts warmed by the rays of the bright
Colorado sun.
Grand Lake is a town located in Grand County, Colorado. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 447.

This town is at an elevation of 8437 feet (2572 meters) and was established in 1879. It derives its name from the near by lake, the
largest natural body of water in the state. The town was originally an outfitting and supply point for the mining settlements of Lulu
City, Teller City and Gaskill, but today is more of a tourist town. It was incorporated 23 June 1944 and briefly held the county seat
from 1882 to 1888.

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   The HAUNTED & HISTORIC  Rapids Lodge and Restaurant!




















Ghosts & History


**  There is a friendly old lady that wanders the corridors, moves and hides items and opens and closes doors. She used to drink a
bit they say and one day her husband just disappeared and was never found. Some say they have seen him too.

* "The Lodge" has had approximately 30 owners. Our colorful history includes gambling, prostitution and bootleg liquor ... perhaps
this explains the frequent ghost sightings". Taken from the Historic Walking Tour Guide of Grand Lake (available in local stores).

* In the 1950's The second floor of the historic building was a casino and the 3rd floor was a brothel. There was an emergency
buzzer located under the front desk so that folks upstairs could be alerted when the law stopped in. On hearing the buzzer staff
and guests cleared the building via the back doors. When some remodeling was done the slot machines were buried behind the
Rapids Suites Building and are still there today.

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June 12, 1915, was the Grand Opening of the Rapids Lodge built by John Lapsley Ish and his family. The lodge had running water
and baths, with electricity provided by an "overshot" water wheel in the nearby Tonahutu River. Ish built his own sawmill on the site,
constructing the lodge from the plentiful lodgepole pines in the area.

J.L. Ish was three months old when he left Missouri in a covered wagon with his parents and he was six months old when they
reached Denver in 1863. The family, including eleven children, lived on a farm outside of Denver.


In 1881, when Laps Ish was 18 years old, he came to Grand County, staking claims outside of the mining town of Teller in the
mountains north of Grand Lake. He mined for 4 years and stories about him abound. He carried mail from Teller to Grand Lake,
going winter times on skis or snowshoes; he preferrred skis. Often the 8' snow pole he carried would not reach the bottom of the
deep snow on his mountainous journey. Ish thought it was a mere hike to walk from Teller over Cameron Pass and down the Cache
La Poudre Canyon into Ft. Collins. Once he carried two kegs of pickles into Teller, thrilled to deliver them to the miners who
relished the pickles with their wild meat.

While still occasionally trying his luck with mining, Ish married and homesteaded with his family near Rand. He built the Rand Hotel,
operating it with his wife until 1910. After a brief stay in California, they moved to Granby, built the Middle Park Auto Company
garage and ran a stage line to Grand Lake. The Ish Family operated the Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake for many years. The Pine
Cone Inn was also constructed by him and managed by his son, Leslie.

"To J. L. Ish, pioneer days were not days of hardships and privations. Life was teeming with enthusiasm and thrills, with hard work
thrown in. He loved the open country and driving a car did not give him any more pleasure than a walk among the pines and the
creeks of his beloved mountains."

Obituary - Middle Park Times, Jan 14, 1943


Above historical information from:  www.rapidslodge.com



The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant
P.O. Box 1400
Grand Lake, CO 80447
970-627-3707

E-MAIL:
Rapids@RapidsLodge.com

http://www.rapidslodge.com


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                                       Annual Tombstone Tales


August 31, 2008

Grand Lake Cemetery


Every Labor Day weekend, Grand Arts Council  (GAC) sponsors Tombstone Tales, a fund raiser  where characters who pioneered
the Grand Lake area immerge of their graves and tell their tales.  Stage coaches  (actually modern vans) deliver you to the Grand
Lake Cemetery from the East Grand Middle School staging area located next to the post office (on Diamond Avenue)  for your
leisurely  stroll to various grave sites to hear these wonderful and often colorful tales. You will always be greeted by the Mortician,
who tells you about the Cemetery located on National Park land near Grand Lake, Colorado.This event is for the whole family

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