15 Grand Summer Adventures
As the snow melts and the rivers swell in Grand County, our thoughts turn to the simple pleasures of summer... like these...
The Kauffman House was once a rustic log house in Grand Lake, Colorado that now serves as a museum located downtown on Pitkin Street and Lake Avenue. The Kauffman House Museum features historic house displays, clothing, furniture, dolls, iron kitchen ware, books, quilts, skis and winter sports equipment, stereopticon photos and more from Grand Lake past.
The Kauffman House Museum was built in 1892 and operated as a hotel until 1946 by the Kauffman family. The house had several other owners until 1973 when the Grand Lake Area Historical Society purchased the house and restored it as a museum. This hotel, the only remaining log hotel built in Grand Lake prior to 1900, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its log architecture and because its first owner was a typical example of the men who joined the westward movement, drawn by the mining, trapping, fishing and tourist phase of the Grand Lake community and Grand County, Colorado.
Visit the Kauffman House Museum to see the rich hertigage of the town of Grand Lake.
Photo courtesy of Grand Lake Area Historical Association