Paradise Ranch gets historic treatment

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Paradise Ranch, immediately east of Woodland Park along U.S. 24, in its heyday was the most magnificent and largest dude ranch in the United States.

The ranch, in existence from 1937-1975, was owned by business tycoon Frank Seymore Snell Jr., the grandson of a pioneer who came to Colorado on a wagon train.

Free historical presentations on this historical ranch will take place at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Woodland Park Public Library.

The presentations, which include a lot of old-time photographs and stories about the ranch, will be in conjunction with the reunion of the Paradise Ranch Alumni.

Learn about the eccentric Snell and his tragic life, Wild West escapades, rodeos, wagon wrecks and the inside story of the greatest dude ranch in the United States.

For information about the presentations, call the library at 687-9281 or the Ute Pass Historical Society at 686-7512. For reunion information, call Freia Hooper-Bradford at 784-3838 or email f_hooper@hotmail.com.