Big Bear/Dailey House

Address: On Bear Creek and Spruce Dale Ave., beyond the Highland Haven Motel and across from Fern Gulch in Evergreen.

This is a large two-story home, with two front dormers on a gabled roof. It was constructed in 1883 by John Daily. The front porch is enclosed with screening and the bottom half finished in log slabs. The house contains seven rooms. One of the oldest homes in Evergreen, John Daily's father-in-law, Reverend Manely, lived in it at first. Seven generations of Dailys have lived in it since that time. John Daily was one of Denver's early prominent citizens. He was the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain News with William Byers, selling out after 25 years to go into job stream printing in Denver. He was active in Denver real estate, first president of the Denver Park Commission, president of the Denver Bank, and of the Denver School Board. One of his daughters, Anna, was a well-known botanist, having a columbine named after her when she discovered a rare variety that grew in the mountains.
Quad Map/Date: Evergreen, 1965 (1979)
Sec/Town/Range: S11, T5S, R71W
Elevation: c. 7050
Source: State Inventory Form, 5JF392, Colorado Historical Society

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