from the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library
Decades of Estes Park’s historic newspapers are now available to search online—24/7 and from anywhere. These digital editions are complete page-by-page reproductions of the originals, including all articles, images and ads. The process uses state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition technology that recognizes text through a digital image, making all newspapers from 1908-1975 word-searchable, including advertisements.
Beginning with some of Estes Park’s earliest newspapers, this multi-year project has been moving forward chronologically, steadily getting closer to completion. As of this summer, the available editions have leaped a full decade to February 1975.
The newspaper project is being made possible through a partnership between the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library. The Museum is preserving the fragile original editions of these newspapers, while the Library is focusing on providing digital access opportunities. The effort would not have been possible without a third essential partner: the Estes Park Trail-Gazette granted permission for copyright-free access to their archives.
To browse these historic newspapers, as well as keep up with project updates on years available, visit https://estesvalleylibrary.org/local-history or visit the Estes Park Museum website and link to “Museum Collection and Research”. History and discovery await.