Dedication

Rocky Mountain N.P. was dedicated on Sept. 4, 1915, in Horseshoe Park as seen in this photo taken on that day. There were about 300 people attending.

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Dedication parking lot

Not all of the attendees arrived by car. Several came by horseback and, if you enlarge the picture, there appears to be a motorcycle just above the lone horse.

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Picnickers

Box lunches were handed out, as can be seen in this photo of formally attired picnickers. We could not get to the actual site because the road was closed due to the 2013 flooding.

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The fork to the right in this old photo leads to the Park entrance and the dedication site a little further down. Although slightly reconfigured, the intersection appears today (after much walking around) as it used to.

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Ponce de Leon Hotel

The Ponce de Leon was Henry Flagler’s first hotel venture after founding Standard Oil Company with John D Rockefeller. It was the first large hotel built of poured concrete and opened January 10, 1888. It was four stories high situated on five acres. The dining room could hold 700 people. It is now part of Flagler College and is seen here in an 1897 photo.

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Alcazar Hotel

Flagler’s second hotel–Alcazar– opened Christmas Day 1888. It closed in 1930 and was virtually abandoned for 10 years. It serves today as City Hall and the Lichtner Museum. It has changed little since the 1905 photo.

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Casa Monica aka Cordova Hotel

Adjacent to the Ponce de Leon Hotel, the Casa Monica also opened in 1888 and was purchased the next year by Flagler, who renamed it the Cordova Hotel. Later the hotel was extensively renovated and reopened    in 1997, being renamed Casa Monica in 1999. Enjoying a AAA 4 Diamond rating, it is the only one of Flagler’s original facilities still operating as a hotel It is seen here in an 1891 photo. In his 70s and with some extra time on his hands, Henry Flager went on to build a railroad all the way to Key West.

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Aerial View

Here is an aerial view taken from a balcony of the Ponce De Leon Hotel in 1897. To be able to see incredible detail in this shot,  click on  the picture  to open up the 10MB file.

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City Gates

For a long time, the City Gates were the only entrance to St Augustine. Erected in 1808 the pillars and walls are made of coquina–sea shells and mortar. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in North America. St Augustine will celebrate its 450th birthday in 2015 and is seen here in an 1865 photo.

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Florida tourism goes back a long ways. Here is the Governor in 1901 doing his part for St Augustine.

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