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Entriken Cabin

Elizabeth Entriken came from Wisconsin to the Bailey area in 1864 with her sister and brother-on-law, Ann and William Bailey. William Bailey and reverend John Dyer, Ann's brother, built the cabin and established Bailey's Ranch. Reverend John Dyer "The Snowshoe Itinerant" stopped off at the cabin for several years during his travels between Denver and South Park. Reverend Dyer was well known for carrying the mail and conducting religious services throughout the area.

Elizabeth Entriken was well known for her generosity and hospitality. She knew and entertained famous prospectors, millionaires, writers, and builders. Howard and Augusta Tabor, John Evans, William Byers, Chief Colorow, and John Chivington were among those who experienced her hospitality. In addition, stagecoach passengers often stopped at the cabin for meals in the 1870s.  Elizabeth Entriken lived in the cabin from 1864 until shortly before her death in 1922. The Entriken Cabin is the only remaining structure from the original town of Bailey. It was originally located at the mouth of Entriken Gulch near the Forest Ranger Station on Main Street. It was moved to its present location in 1973.

The cabin is an excellent example of a pioneer log cabin. If you look closely, you will notice that the logs are all hand hewn. In 1992 the Entriken Cabin was placed on the State Register of Historic Properties.