Skip to main content

Mountain Connection

McGraw Park showcases Bailey history

09/03/2013 16:35, Published by Jacqueline, Categories:


Keystone Bridge at McGraw park during the 2012 Bailey Day. Photo by Art Hall.



by Margo Hamilton

Michigan pioneers Edward and Blanche McGraw forged their way to Bailey, Colorado, and were so taken with the beauty of this tiny berg  that they decided to put down stakes. 

Purchasing land from William Bailey, the pioneer for whom the town is named, the McGraws settled into this beautiful valley in 1804 and established the Bailey Ranch. They also built a hotel.
Mr. McGraw worked for Hallack and Howard Lumber Mill, and Mrs. McGraw opened Bailey’s first general store, which stands today known as Bailey Country Store.

The McGraws’ son, Alanson Richard, married Jane Mills Skegg and their daughter, Helen, had a deep love and devotion for the Colorado and Southern Railroad that operated in the late 19th century that initiated its pilgrimage during the mineral boom. 

The train ascended from Denver to Platte Canyon and traversed South Park.

Helen esteemed her grandfather, Edward McGraw, who helped build the track, and quipped, “We got our food, news, everything from the train; it meant everything to us. I just loved trainmen, too. All my romantic images and dreams were of trainmen. I would hang over the fence and wait for them to wave at me as the trains went by.” 

In April 1937, the Colorado and Southern Railroad made its last run, and Helen was aboard filming her beloved train’s final journey.

Helen McGraw Tatum donated land to the Park County Historical Society in 1969, which the society beautifully transformed into McGraw Park. 

It is here Platte Canyon Historical Society established a base to preserve and promote the amazing history and heritage of Park County.

Many of Park County’s antiquities now claim the park as their home, including: Entriken Cabin, a caboose and wait station from Colorado and Southern Railroad, the Shawnee School, the Keystone Bridge and McGlone Cabin.

A Maddox Ice Boat is also on the site. The Maddox Ice Company, a pioneer Bailey business, shipped ice to Denver, taken from two lakes where Platte Canyon High and Fitzsimmons Middle Schools now stand. Maddox shipped ice to Denver on the narrow gauge Colorado & Southern Railroad.

Today McGraw Park’s 20-acre parcel is preciously persevered and extends on both sides of the North Fork of the South Platte River. Eighteen acres on the southwest side of the river has a rough trail system, constructed over 10 years ago. Two acres on the north side of the river provide a permanent location for a number of Park County historic buildings.

Become a volunteer to help restore the beloved wooden caboose, which is in need of scrapping and painting. Assist to plant and care for Morrow Park’s lawn and flower beds, and come one and all to their monthly lectures. 

For more information, contact Arthur Hall at 303-816-1735 or Dee Brown at 303-838-6025 or visit the Park County Historical Society’s web site at www.parkcountyhistory.com.






Bailey Colorado bailey history park county history mcgraw park entriken cabin shawnee school keystone bridge mcglone cabine north fork of the platte river


  • RFK - A Portrait of Robert Kennedy

    01/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players/Vintage Theatre presents "RFK - This tour-de-force one-man show breathes new l...


  • Man of La Mancha

    01/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    This critically acclaimed American musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth centu...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/21/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

    01/22/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • RFK - A Portrait of Robert Kennedy

    01/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players/Vintage Theatre presents "RFK - This tour-de-force one-man show breathes new l...


  • Man of La Mancha

    01/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    This critically acclaimed American musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth centu...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/22/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • Men's Revival Night

    01/25/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    On the 4th Wednesday of each month, the guys from Ascent Church would like to invite guys in our ...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/26/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/26/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • A Beginner's History of Lookout Mountain

    01/26/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Come to the top of Lookout Mountain to get a sweeping historical overview of this Jefferson Count...


  • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

    01/26/2017
    07:30PM — 08:30PM

    Drug problem? NA can help! Join us Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm at Ascent Church, located at 298...


  • MEN'S RETREAT

    01/26/2017
    07:30PM — 11:30AM

    Guys are invited to join us Thursday evening, January 26th through midday Saturday, January 28th ...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/27/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Gallery 1261 Presents Small Works

    01/27/2017
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    This group exhibit features works spanning multiple genres that are small in scale but big in ide...


  • MEN'S RETREAT

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 11:30AM

    Guys are invited to join us Thursday evening, January 26th through midday Saturday, January 28th ...


  • StageDoor Theatre presents SOMETHING'S AFOOT

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Adult Company enthusiastically presents this musical spoof on the classic Agatha Christie mur...


  • Miners Alley Playhouse - HIR

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Miners Alley presents the Regional Premiere of "HIR" - By Taylor Mac - Directed by Josh Hartwell ...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/27/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • RFK - A Portrait of Robert Kennedy

    01/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players/Vintage Theatre presents "RFK - This tour-de-force one-man show breathes new l...


  • Man of La Mancha

    01/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    This critically acclaimed American musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth centu...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/21/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

    01/22/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • RFK - A Portrait of Robert Kennedy

    01/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players/Vintage Theatre presents "RFK - This tour-de-force one-man show breathes new l...


  • Man of La Mancha

    01/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    This critically acclaimed American musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth centu...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/22/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/22/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/23/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/24/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Men's Revival Night

    01/25/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    On the 4th Wednesday of each month, the guys from Ascent Church would like to invite guys in our ...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/26/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    01/26/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • A Beginner's History of Lookout Mountain

    01/26/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Come to the top of Lookout Mountain to get a sweeping historical overview of this Jefferson Count...


  • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

    01/26/2017
    07:30PM — 08:30PM

    Drug problem? NA can help! Join us Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm at Ascent Church, located at 298...


  • MEN'S RETREAT

    01/26/2017
    07:30PM — 11:30AM

    Guys are invited to join us Thursday evening, January 26th through midday Saturday, January 28th ...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/27/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Gallery 1261 Presents Small Works

    01/27/2017
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    This group exhibit features works spanning multiple genres that are small in scale but big in ide...


  • StageDoor Theatre presents SOMETHING'S AFOOT

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Adult Company enthusiastically presents this musical spoof on the classic Agatha Christie mur...


  • Miners Alley Playhouse - HIR

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Miners Alley presents the Regional Premiere of "HIR" - By Taylor Mac - Directed by Josh Hartwell ...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • MEN'S RETREAT

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 11:30AM

    Guys are invited to join us Thursday evening, January 26th through midday Saturday, January 28th ...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/27/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • Gallery 1261 Presents Small Works

    01/28/2017
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    This group exhibit features works spanning multiple genres that are small in scale but big in ide...


  • StageDoor Theatre presents SOMETHING'S AFOOT

    01/28/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Adult Company enthusiastically presents this musical spoof on the classic Agatha Christie mur...


  • Miners Alley Playhouse - HIR

    01/28/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Miners Alley presents the Regional Premiere of "HIR" - By Taylor Mac - Directed by Josh Hartwell ...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/28/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/28/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

    01/29/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and ho...


  • Miners Alley Playhouse - HIR

    01/29/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Miners Alley presents the Regional Premiere of "HIR" - By Taylor Mac - Directed by Josh Hartwell ...


  • Evergreen Players 2017 Season

    01/29/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Evergreen Players proudly announces its 2017 season at Center Stage in Evergreen. Beginning with...


  • The Edge Theater Company presents Burn This

    01/29/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Anna and Larry have just returned from the funeral of their best friend and roommate, Robbie. Ann...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/30/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Enrollment Assistance

    01/31/2017
    09:30AM — 04:00PM

    Will your child receive free or reduced lunches this year? You may qualify for SNAP benefits ...


  • Gallery 1261 Presents Small Works

    01/31/2017
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    This group exhibit features works spanning multiple genres that are small in scale but big in ide...


Click to view the entire 285 Chambers Directory
Click to view the entire 2014 Health & Wellness Directory