Marshdale Park Subdivision

Address: Marshdale 80439

Marshdale takes its name not from its meadowlands but from its founder, Dr. William C. Marsh, a Denver dentist, who, along with his wife and mother, developed the area as a site for summer tourism during the years 1923 to 1946. Located on State Highway 73, half way between Evergreen and Conifer, much of Marshdale overlooks a mountain valley and enjoys a view of back-range peaks, including Mt. Evans. By 1928 the Marshes had built a collection of summer cabins, a combined Tea Room and Lodge, and an adjacent fifteen-room Annex to the Lodge. In its heyday, Marshdale (also known as Marshdale Park) attracted guests from Denver to Boston, who were drawn to the rustic character of the settlement. The Lodge ran its own riding stables, along with breath-taking motor tours to the top of Mt. Evans. During World War II, gas rationing curbed auto excursions and tourism in general. In 1946, the Marshes sold their enterprise, and the larger Marshdale area began to change character from a summer community of tourists and cabin owners to a year-round community of permanent residents who worked in the Evergreen area or commuted to Denver. For the balance of the twentieth century, the original complex - the Tea Room, Lodge, and Annex - traveled full circle from tourist quarters to a youth camp for the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra to a restaurant and bed-and-breakfast inn. In 2003, the Jefferson County Historical Commission designated the Annex (the Bears Inn), along with two nearby cabins, as historic "Landmark" buildings.
Quad Map/Date: Conifer, 1965 (1979)
Sec/Town/Range: S26, T5S, R71W
Elevation: c. 7800
Source: County records (Subdivision Plats, book 4, pp. 2-3, Marshdale Park); Marshdale Park Homeowners Association
Last Modified: Wed, April 14 2004

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