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  ††††††† Welcome to the historic "Kickapoo Lodge" in Grand Lake, Colorado.

          The property was purchased from the Estate of Dorothy "Nursie" Young, who owned the property from 1951 until her death on July 2, 2000.

          Ms. Young, known to her friends as "Nursie", was a nurse who served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II, from March 3, 1941 to February 4, 1946. One of her major accomplishments was featured in the recent movie "Pearl Harbor" when they showed one of the nurses using lipstick to record which of the injured had already received morphine. When Nursie was confronted with numerous patients who had been injured and she had no way of telling which had already received morphine, she pulled her lipstick out of her pocket and put a "M" on their foreheads so that they would not receive an overdose thus possibly killing them. When the war ended, she became the school Nurse for all Grand County Public Schools. Later, she purchased, managed, and lived at Kickapoo Lodge with her husband, Fred Young. 

        Nursie was a member of numerous veterans' organizations, including the Pearl Harbor Survivors. Over the years, many fellow survivors from all over the country visited "Nursie" at Kickapoo Lodge and enjoyed annual reunions. Each year, Nursie was included in the Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade.

        The property will be kept as Ms. Young left it, except for some upgrades and renovations, such as new tubs, showers, sinks, flooring, cabinets, etc... There are six cabins, of various sizes, which are furnished and include bedding, dishes, pots and pans, range, refrigerator, garbage disposals, microwave, oven, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, etc. A 28" television is furnished with each cabin featuring cable, a VCR, and a DVD player.

        The main house, where Ms. Young lived, is called "Nursie's Lodge". It contains memorabilia from her past as well as some history of Grand Lake and local activities and services. Caretakers are at the Lodge so employees can borrow books, videos, and other materials or just visit and learn about local history and activities.

        Also included, are six new dock slips where guests can tie-up their own boats for use on Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

††††††† Activities abound in Grand Lake during the summer. Available are fishing, golfing, 4-wheeling, Jeeping, boating, water-skiing, miniature golf, hiking, bicycling, renting mopeds and jetskis.Rocky Mountain National Park is at the opposite end of Grand Lake from Kickapoo Lodge. In order to accommodate your dining needs, there are a variety of restaurants to choose from.And donít forget to check out the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater (RMRT), a live theatre group that features several different plays throughout the summer. Please visit their website for information on upcoming performances. Shows sell out fast, so get your tickets early!




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