Pictures Courtesy of Juliana Sloan Miller.
The Forks has a fascinating past:
“The original Forks Hotel and Cafe was built by Robert O. Roberts in the winter of 1874 for loggers going back and forth from Fort Collins to Pingree Hill and then over the Divide to Steamboat Springs. It opened for business in March, 1875. It was called “The Forks” because the old hotel and cafe were located at the fork of the road–one to Red Feather Lakes, the other, the Overland Trail (now US Highway 287), to Laramie, Wyoming. This historic 110 year old two-story wooden building was completely destroyed by fire on Friday the 13th of December, 1985. More than just a building went up in smoke. Local citizens and friends of The Forks were able to rebuild it on the same site led by the crusade of Derek Roberts, the great grandson of Robert who built it in 1874.”