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Walkers Dream

Walkers Dream

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by Kevin Kreiman

     John Brisben Walker was an entrepreneur in the auto industry, and a publisher who at one time owned Cosmopolitan Magazine. Walker was also the owner of over 4,000 acres of land in Morrison, Colorado. His legacy in Morrison includes the Red Rocks and Mt. Falcon parks, part of the Jefferson County Open Space System. Within the 2,248 acres, there are over 11 miles of trails in Mt. Falcon Park. Walkers Dream Trail, a spur from the Castle Trail, leads to the ruins of the Summer White House. It was Walker’s ambition to build a summer home for the President of the United States. The cornerstone, made of Yule Marble from the town of Marble, Colorado, was displayed in Denver to generate interest. Contributions were limited to one dollar and thousands of Colorado school children donated 10 cents each to the project. However, it never got beyond the laying of the foundation and the cornerstone. The 1911 inscription reads, The gift of the people of Colorado. World War I and personal tragedy spelled doom for Walker’s Dream.


 

 

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