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LINCOLN HILLS RECORDS

 Collection
Identifier: ARL39

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Lincoln Hills Records include correspondence from the 1920s, as well as photographs that date from the beginning of the settlement. There are also photographs taken in the fall of 2000, which show the changes in the area. A few additional items concerning Lincoln Hills and a list of names appearing on warranty deeds are also included.

SERIES 1 PAPERS 1925-1928, 1979, 2006, n.d. BOX 1

This series contains correspondence chiefly from Denver, Colorado residents describing the benefits of Lincoln Hills. The letters are organized chronologically. A copy of a list of names appearing on warranty deeds for Lincoln Hills, the nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places and newspaper clippings are also included.

SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS ca. 1920s-1930s, 2000 BOX 1

Two very different sets of photographs comprise this series. The first set contains 24 black and white photographs taken during the early days of the settlement. The second set contains 22 color photographs showing the settlement in the fall of 2000.

Dates

  • 1925-2006

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary and copyrights have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

HISTORICAL NOTE

In 1925, the Lincoln Hills Company began advertising and selling land near Rollinsville, Colorado. This resort area provided the perfect opportunity for African Americans to own homes in the mountains and to partake in outdoor recreational activities. The unique advantages that Lincoln Hills offered, according to a letter from the Pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Denver to the Lincoln Hills Company dated March 17, 1926, were:

  1. "A beautiful spot for camp, or cabin or fine Summer home.
  2. A cool, invigorating summer climate which is the finest known tonic for people who have a hard year of work.
  3. A large tract of land containing 2 miles of trout stream, beside 4 creeks and a fine lake stocked with trout.
  4. A railroad and 4 auto roads from Denver to the resort.
  5. A summer colony where lots are being sold at such a very low price that buyers will make money on the lots even if they never use them themselves.
  6. A place where our race can show to the Nation a constructive piece of work, in the upbuilding of a great national gathering place for health, recreation, education and uplift."

The land was not only purchased by African Americans in Colorado, but also by those from other parts of the United States.

The largest structure built at Lincoln Hills was Winks Lodge. It was built in 1925 by Wendall "Winks" Hamlet as a lodge for African American vacationers wanting to enjoy the Rocky Mountain experience. Hamlet sited the lodge on sloping terrain among existing vegetation and also constructed several cabins on adjacent land. He continued to operate the lodge until his death in 1965.

The Girls Reserve, a group stemming from the African American YWCA (Young Women Christian Association), had a summer camp at Lincoln Hills called Camp Nizhoni. The dormitories are still standing but are in need of restoration.

Today, Lincoln Hills is still the "scenic wonderland" that it promised to be. The majority of the lots still are in the hands of the descendants of the original owners.

Extent

1 box (.25 linear feet)

Language of Materials

English

PROVENANCE:

The collection was purchased by the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library from Paul Stewart.

General

Items from the collection are avaiable online at http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/search/searchterm/arl39/order/nosort

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 1 (.25 linear ft.)

LOCATION:

ARL39

PROCESSED BY:

Tammi E. Haddad

October 2001

REVISED AND ENCODED BY:

Merrie Jo Schroeder

2005

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Title
LINCOLN HILLS
Date
2005
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

Contact:
2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205