The Stanley Hotel

F.O. Stanley ( inventor of the Stanley Steamer) arrived in Estes Park Colorado in 1903 to recover from TB. He so liked what he saw he built a magnificant hotel which opened on July 4th, 1909. It is the only site known to have scared Stephen King, who later wrote The Shining based on his stay as the only tenant one dark and stormy night. The Stanley was featured prominately in The Shining TV mini-series and is seen here in an early photo from 1915.



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Mendocino Hotel

The Mendocino Hotel opened in 1878 as The Temperance House. Mendocino, the picturesque logging town on the northern California coast, then had nineteen saloons and 20,000 people. Today it has a population of 1000 and appears frequently as Cabot Cove in the Murder She Wrote TV series. The early photo is undated.


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The New Sheridan Hotel

The original Sheridan Hotel was built in 1895 in Telluride Colorado. Two years later a three-story structure was built just east of it, and that building was called the New Sheridan Hotel. The New Sheridan was the site of William Jennings Bryan “Cross of Gold” speech. In 1906 the original hotel burned and in 1994 ( a mere 86 years later) it was recontructed.  The early photo was taken in 1899.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

Located 46 miles southwest of Rapid City S.D., Crazy Horse Memorial was begun in 1948 by Korczak Zuiolkowski. Everything he needed he carried up 700+ steps to the mountain top. He continued to work on it until his death in 1982 when his wife Ruth and seven of their ten children took over. In spite of two $5,000,000 offers from the Federal Government, no government funds have ever been used in the 65 years of the Memorial’s  existence. These pictures show it on the day of the first blast in 1948 followed by a 1957 view.


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The Memorial is the world’s largeest mountain carving and will measure 641 feet long and 563 feet high. The 1969 picture shows progress compared to the scale model as does the current photo. Click current photo to enlarge.



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Here is a face picture taken atop the mountain in 1990 with considerable progress shown in the second photo.


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This is an undated ariel view along with a current perspective taken from the ground.


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Finally, the pictures below show a comparison of the day of the first blast with an overlay showing an outline of the completed memorial.


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Glacier Point

The Welcome Page can be slow to load so some people may have missed the Glacier Point comparisons. Access to the Point was available when this picture was taken in 1898 but it takes PhotoShop to be in the picture now.


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Glacier Point 2

One step and it is a mile down to Yosemite Valley. These 3-D images are from 1893-1904 (click to enlarge).Image

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