MacGregor Ranch

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 20 March 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Founded in 1873 by Alexander and Clara MacGregor, the ranch is the last working ranch of Estes Park. It was left in trust by granddaughter Muriel MacGregor and serves as an education center and historical example of ranch life in the early 20th century. The preserved structures and interiors are completely original. The house shown here was built in 1896. The older house, built in 1882, is now used as an educational classroom for children.

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✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

What a beautiful place. Wonderful composition and colors

20 Mar 2011 7:08am

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks, Anina! The history of it is so interesting. It's a place I would like to see again.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful composition

20 Mar 2011 8:06am

@Aubélia: Thank you, Aubelia. Thanks for the comment and the visit!

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Un petit coin de paradis agréable à vivre ...jolie photo ...compliments

20 Mar 2011 10:43am

@mimicy: Merci! Merci de votre visite.

Franz from Baden, Austria

a stately building surrounded by majestic mountains! i like your frame, with the path and the railings leading the viewer into the picture!

20 Mar 2011 11:36am

@Franz: Thanks, Franz! The leading lines were easy to choose for photographing. That is the entry from the parking lot to the house where the visit begins. The entire property is photogenic. I believe the surrounding mountains offer some protection in the winter from harsh winds. If you go to Google maps and type in "180 MacGregor Lane, Estes Park, CO" you will see on satellite what it looks like.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Great capture of this peaceful and very photogenic scenery. Makes me long for summer.

20 Mar 2011 10:45pm

@Arnd: hi Arnd. Thanks for your comment and visit. I agree about the longing...I have been revisiting the photos from Colorado lately, and I would like to visit there again. Hopefully, maybe, perhaps, this summer ..... There it is cooler in summer than here. :)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful place, lovely view all around the house :). I am happy, this is being cared for and preserved.

21 Mar 2011 8:34am

@Sarito: I am, too! I believe that we need to preserve heritage. The owner who donated the ranch understood the importance of the collection and wanted to preserve it intact for future generations to see.

Marzia from ., Italy

what a beautiful place

21 Mar 2011 9:10am

@Marzia: Thanks, Marzia, for visiting and commenting. The place was beautiful, very well cared for, and had lots of things to see. The series continues with inside the house.

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful :)

21 Mar 2011 3:00pm

@Shahryar: thanks! It was such fun to visit this place and take pictures of it.

ceanothe from France

Very nice ranch !

21 Mar 2011 9:41pm

@ceanothe: If only the cattle had been around, too! The series continues with rooms inside the house.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Another place I recognize from many trips to Estes Park over the last 40 years. Nice composition with the walk leading the eye to the house.

21 Mar 2011 11:56pm

@B. Thomas: Ah hah! I wondered if it would be familiar! Wow, you have been there that much. Our family is back east, so most of our traveling went that direction. More ranch house to come over the next few days...

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A beautiful ranch and what a beautiful landscape it is situated in!

21 Mar 2011 11:57pm

@Thea: It is nestled into the beginning of what we call a canyon. Perfect spot, as can be suggested from the length of time the buildings have existed. It is also well cared for.

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

A beautiful place...

22 Mar 2011 5:53am

@Annie Viguié: Thank you, Annie!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a wonderfully uplifting setting here . . everything looks immaculate.

22 Mar 2011 4:11pm

@Ronnie 2¢: The grounds were very well cared for. It was a joy to visit there.

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle compsition !

22 Mar 2011 7:10pm

@Laur: Merci beaucoup!

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

A gorgeous setting for a farm!

27 Mar 2011 9:52am

@Anita: Hi Anita, thanks for visiting! :)

Evelyne Wassili from Walsenburg, United States

I lived in a house on this ranch from about 1960 to about 1965. Muriel was alive and running it then. The house we lived in was one her father built for her aunt, on Evergreen Lane. I had the run of the place from the time I was 5 until we moved to Boulder when I was 10. It was my playground and I loved it. It holds the best memories of my childhood. Muriel used to tell me things about badgers and other animals when she was around and I wasn't too busy off exploring. She was a very interesting lady.

8 Jul 2014 5:13am