Local History and Genealogy

You asked us for the resources necessary to explore your heritage, to connect the past to the present through your family history, and to understand the history and traditions of the community in which you live.

Historic Newspapers

Newspapers are representative of the collective interests of a community, as they chronicle the goings on at the time of publication. At the Estes Valley Library, the following publications serve the interests of locals and visitors alike:

•The Mountaineer
•Trail Talk
•Trail Gazette
•Mountain Gazette
•Estes Park Trail Gazette

Available Now
•1908-1923: Online at Colorado Historic Newspapers
•1924-2013: on Microfilm at the Library

•1924-Present: Online at Colorado Historic Newspapers

Our newspaper originals, from 1924 through the present day, will be digitized and made available in high quality, word searchable, online content at Colorado Historic Newspapers. This project is likely to span several years.
In the meantime, to assist you in your microfilm research, our Card Index includes 1908-1992.

Genealogy Databases & Research Assistance

Heritage Quest (remote access: card number without slash)
Estes Park Genealogical Society

*no remote access

Visit the Estes Park Museum

•Learn about Estes Park’s history, from the Ice Age to the Present
•Interactive Exhibits
•Take a Walking Tour
•Become a Volunteer

Visit the museum’s website. 

Historic Photo Archive


Historic Postcards Library


An Historic Neighbor: The Homes of Albert Birch

Adjoining the Estes Valley Library and Town Hall parking area is the beautiful 20 acre Knoll-Willows Open Space.  Shop in town, visit the library, enjoy a walk through the Knoll-Willows wetlands, and step back in time to a piece of old Estes Park.

Cottages and Roads Map & Index: 1933 (Coming)

“Map of Residential Area of Estes Park, Colorado, Showing Cottages and Roads 1933”
This helpful “cabin map” shows many of the early structures in the Estes Valley that were in existence in 1933.  Property owners may find this map and it’s accompanying index useful when researching their properties.

Library Legacy

The Estes Park Public Library had its humble beginnings in 1916.  The literacy of Estes Park’s citizens has remained an important part of our vision for over 100 years, and the library has played an ever increasing role in the community during this time.  Read about the Library’s Legacy.