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Lookout Mountain

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1 mile west of Golden

Lookout Mountain, one of the most prominent foothills of the Rockies, is part of the system of Denver Mountain Parks and a fashionable residential area. Long a lure for sightseers, it became the first notable mountain auto drive with the completion of the Lariat Loop Road (1914, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.). In the Olmsted tradition, this road uses rather than abuses the topography. The many curves, hairpin turns, and dips follow the contour of the mountain-side. Native stone is used for park structures, including the guardrails, springhouses, and entry arch. The rustic stone style is also seen in the shelters, campsites, comfort stations, the nearby Mother Cabrini Shrine, founded as an orphanage in 1903, and the Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum complex ( JF21).

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Lookout Mountain", [Golden, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 156-156.

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