Pinnacle Park, the famous recreation and amusement resort of the great gold camp, is situated just without the corporate limits of the thriving town of Cameron. Within sight is Altman, the highest incorporated town in the world, and grand old Pike's Peak, the weather-worn sentinel of the Rockies. As a public resort its equal is not to be found in the West, besides, the Park rightly claims to be the only "Zoological Garden" in existence in the Rocky Mountain region.
Although Denver has her City Park and Elitch's Garden, and other cities of the state their popular resorts, yet Pinnacle Park, with its pines and furs, spruces and aspens in all their primitive and natural beauty, enhanced by handsome buildings of rustic architecture, with the swings, arbors and seats, cages of wild animals and deer paddock, capped by a temperature moderated by the cool breezes from Pike's lofty summit, will compare favorably with all and far surpass the artificially laid out grounds of the city resorts.
Within the high wire fence, forming the enclosure, without marring Nature's adornments, lie thirty acres profusely timbered, with groves of trees and foliage, beautifying the landscape and furnishing peaceful resting spots for the tired toiler, business man or miner, or gladdening the "fond lovers' " hearts searchings for a trysting place.
Three lines of railroad, The Midland Terminal, The Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek Short Line, and the Victor-Goldfield-Cameron branch of the electric road make the park easy of access to the 60,000 residents of the Cripple Creek District. By these means ample transportation facilities are afforded and thousands patronize them on every holiday. The roads all run through the park, dividing the grounds into what are called the East and West Park.
These are connected by a magnificent rustic bridge of three spans, fifty feet in height. A gigantic electric sign, "Pinnacle Park." surmounts this and at night furnishes a blaze of brilliant light.
The buildings within the park are as follows:
The Dancing Pavilion, 85x100 feet. This building is brilliantly lighted with incandescent and arc lights; has dressing rooms at each end, and of a necessity an orchestral stand. Over 400 couples have danced on the floor at one time without crowding.
The Cafe is also an attractive building, 40x60 feet. It is furnished with taste and its many patrons are able to obtain all the luxuries of a well ordered restaurant at all times.
Between the two buildings already mentioned is the Buffet. This department is in charge of one of the best known mixologists in the state. Between the Cafe and Buffet, "a cold bottle and a small bird" can be fixed to satisfy an epicure.
In the southeast corner another rustic structure is the carouselle pavilion. Here the motive power is electricity, and the machine one of the handsomest ever constructed.
On the south side of the Park, reached by the rustic bridge already mentioned;
are located the band stand for open air concerts
an elevated platform for athletic contests
and a fine open space for specialty performances.
There is also a solid block of Gunnison granite for drilling contests.
The cages for the wolves, foxes and coyotes, the bear pit and the deer paddock are also located on the south side of the park.
The cages for the smaller animals, as badgers, swifts, squirrels, porcupines, the eagle and bird cages, as well as the rabbitrys for Belgian hares and other breeds of rabbits, and cages for other small animals are scattered over the grounds.
Amusements galore are provided for the visitors. Specialty performers on the trapezes, high wire and rim trick bicycle riders, moving picture machines, shooting galleries: in fact, every conceivable form of amusement to be found at any popular public resort will be found at Pinnacle Park.
Plans for the future include a summer theater and lecture hall, a miniature railroad and a switchback railroad. These improvements will hardly be made in time for this season, but the ever increasing patronage insures their construction by next season.
The Park is not only a valuable addition to the town of Cameron, as the numerous employes make their home there, but as a recreation ground and breathing space it is of incalculable benefit to the cities of Victor and Cripple Creek and the many smaller towns of the camp.
Sam Vidler is advertising agent for the Park and C. L. Arzeno, Mayor of Cameron, is general manager for the Cameron M. L. & T. Co., the owner.