Singin’ River Ranch

AddressAlong Bear Creek, W. of Yankee Creek Fork, Evergreen
QuadEvergreen, 1965 (1979)
SourceSternberg, "Evergreen: Our Mountain Community."
Initialdate1999-02-24 00:00:00-07
Latestdate2012-12-10 00:00:00-07
HistoryOriginally built in 1922 by George Cranmer, later Denver's Manager of Parks, and his wife, Jean Chappell Cranmer. Cranmer built his home of local stone and a sod roof for insulation. He also constructed some trout ponds on the property. Cranmer sold the ranch in 1943. It became first a well-known restaurant, then for a while a summer resort and dude ranch. In 1971, it was bought by Glen West, president of the West Brandt Foundation which operates West Brothers chain of stores in five southern states. West's purpose was to develop an environment for interdenominational Christian camps and conferences. The remodeled and expanded facilities on 250 acres are used for adult retreats, seminars, conferences, and for family activities.