Since its official discovery in 1861 by Ed Berthoud and mountain man Jim Bridger, Berthoud Pass has been an important transportation route over the Continental Divide. At more than 11, 000 feet in the Rocky Mountains, and coupled with its large number of switchbacks, it has become one of the most beautiful and widely used mountain passes in the West. Henry Ford's inexpensive Model T opened up America to the masses and in the 1920s, following early struggles in road development, a successful construction project gave way to the Golden Age of Automobile Touring. A solid road, US Highway 40, was paved in 1938 that opened the West to a wave of tourists during the 1940s and 1950s. Berthoud Pass's steep terrain and abundant snow provides access to some of Colorado's best skiing and snowboarding activities.Another lodge began construction in 1948 at a cost of $75, 000 and was opened in December 1949. It should be noted when the lodge was scheduled to open there was a nervous owner and a lack of snow. There was evidence of the awhite ... Paul Wiebel and ]im Pearsall were able to secure a permit from the US Forest Service and reopened in the fall of 1997. Extensive repairs were required for the building, due to vandalism and years of neglect. Windows, doors, and carpets had toanbsp;...
|Author||:||Ben M. Dugan|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2011|