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Allenspark (1896, 8,520 feet), named for early homesteader Alonzo Allen, is located at the foot of Longs Peak on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Following a flurry of gold mining between 1903 and 1912, the town languished. Today it is primarily a tourist destination in summer, when the 600 permanent residents host several thousand guests. Of various rustic log structures, the most notable are the rambling, three-story Allenspark Lodge (c. 1935, Richard Isles) and the log slab St. James-on-the-Mount Episcopal Chapel (1925), now the Allenspark Community Church.

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Thomas J. Noel

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