The magnificent mountain area surrounding Bailey, Colorado has a storied, vibrant history made famous (or nearly famous), by a eclectic mixture of individuals who came, saw and could not leave. The North Fork of the South Platte river canyon corridor was a natural highway for native Americans and every settler that ever traveled the trails that flanked the river up into South Park and beyond.
Park County – Park County has a fascinating history of mining, narrow gauge railways, U.S. Highway 285 (along where the Bailey Lodge is located), actually follows the route of the South Park & Pacific narrow-gauge railway. Check out the Park County Historical Society’s web site for great photos, interviews with long-time residents and relatives of early settlers.
Shawnee – Originally a stage stop on the Denver-Leadville Stage Line, later a stop on the C&S Railroad, the town of Shawnee is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Just a few miles west on highway 285 from Bailey Lodge, the historic way station for the now long-gone South Park & Pacific narrow-gauge railroad still has important historical structures you can see and visit.
Glen-Isle – A one-of-a-kind rosort lodge built in 1900, Glen Isle Lodge is architecturally unique. No longer open it is worthwhile visiting to see the landmark building, on the National Historic Register since 1985.
Historic Hiwan Homestead – Evergreen, Colorado historic site