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Address: 1754 Fish Hatchery Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9222
Phone Number: 970-586-6256
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Great, free history self tour

On a whim, we drove the short distance to the Hydroplant from Estes Park one afternoon last week (hours are limited, so check before you go). We are so glad we went! After... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Christopher K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a whim, we drove the short distance to the Hydroplant from Estes Park one afternoon last week (hours are limited, so check before you go). We are so glad we went! After reading the history on the kiosk as you enter the property, we were greeted by Bob (a volunteer). Bob gave us a short, but very interesting history... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Wednesday in order to also see the portrayal of Mr. F.O. Stanley one hour presentation at 10:30AM which was terrific and well worth the small $7. fee After that presentation we went to the free guided tour of the hydro plant that Mr. Stanley had been primarily responsible for it's creation in order to bring electicity... More 

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colo. springs
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're tired of the majestic wonder of nature and want something different to do in town. It was smaller than I imagined. But I did get some interesting photos out of the drive and the plant. If you like history or mechanics you will enjoy this and the Stanley steamer car museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband really loved this self tour and I found it was a very interesting as well as a different type of historic site. It has a pretty amazing history & part in the area's development at the turn of the 20th Century. Very interesting to engineering lovers and building of historic town. Free. Great pictures and interpretive panels. However... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Located between downtown Estes and the Fall River entrance to RMNP, this is an intriguing stop for history buffs and engineers alike. Free docent-led tours take you through the restored 90+ year-old facilities. While we weren't as curious about the mechanics of the plant as some, we were very interested in how the history of the plant tied into the... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Built by Mr. Stanley to power his hotel in the early days. Two people ther to walk us around and tell you so the history and demise of the plant. Good place to spend an hour.

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Thank Bj M
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Very interesting place to find out more of the history of the Estes Park area and the Lawn Lake flood of 1982. Free admission and knowledgeable tour guides. You can also tour on at your own leisure.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

My husband and I found the presentation very interesting. It told the history of Estes Park with physical evidence of past floods. Now my 9 year old grandson had problems staying still.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Built by F.O. Stanley to provide electrical power for his new hotel, which opened in 1909, the plant also brought electricity to the village. Of special interest is the vintage equipment. Docents provide fascinating details of the plant's operation.

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Portageville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the Fall River Hydroplant. We were there the last day it was open for this year. It closes on Labor Day and I am not sure when it reopens. This is a free exhibit and very interesting how the water was pumped for the Estes Park area. They also told about the flood that closed the plant... More 

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