On September 4, 1915, a group of people were photographed at the dedication ceremony of Rocky Mountain National Park. It was established on January 26, 1915 when the Rocky Mountain National Park Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The land was acquired by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.
Naturalist, Enos Mills (pictured on the left) spent years documenting and leading guided tours around Estes Park and Longs Peak. He also was a major figure in advocating for the creation of a new national park. He was successful when, on January 26, 1915, the Rocky Mountain National Park became the 10th national park in the United States.
F.O. Stanley (pictured second on the left) was a local businessman at Estes Park. He, along with his twin brother, founded the Stanley Motor Carriage Company which created steam-engine vehicles. He also built the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, it opened on July 4, 1909. The hotel found literature-fame when author Stephan King stayed there and was inspired to use it as the location of his horror The Shining.
Congressman Edward Taylor (next to Stanley) and Colorado Governor George Carlson (far right) were also on hand to celebrate the event. Between the politicians is Mary Belle King Sherman. She was a leading member of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs. The Women’s Clubs worked hard to bring a national park along the Front Range of Colorado. Sherman felt very strongly that national parks were essential to the well-being of Americans:
Every community should have a place in which the people may spend their leisure time, where they will be brought in direct contact with things of beauty and interest in the outdoor world. – Mary Belle King Sherman at the National Park Conference in Berkeley, CA – March 13, 1915