Pet cemetery to be dug up at Stanley Hotel that inspired 'The Shining'

By: Robert Allen Fort Collins Coloradoan
October 17, 2013 Updated: October 17, 2013 at 6:50 am
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photo - The Stanley Hotel sits against blue skies, overlooking Estes Park, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003. The Stanley Hotel is one of the most famous in America and a popular upscale destination for tourists visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. PETER LOCKLEY/The Gazette
The Stanley Hotel sits against blue skies, overlooking Estes Park, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003. The Stanley Hotel is one of the most famous in America and a popular upscale destination for tourists visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. PETER LOCKLEY/The Gazette 

ESTES PARK - Plans to dig up a pet cemetery at the Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King's horror novel "The Shining," have neighbors feeling aggrieved.

The graves are to be moved to the other side of a small pond, making way for a wedding and corporate retreat pavilion. The project is a stone's throw from about 18 townhomes in the Stanley Historic District. Neighbor Roxanne VanSkiver and others say they're worried about noise coming from the 200 seat semi-outdoor amphitheater as well as the loss of the historic burial ground for animals.

"Elsie," ''Holmes" and "Stanley Blue" I, II and III are among roughly a dozen marked graves dating to the 1960s, with stones and a tiny white fence marking the cemetery.

Among King's work is "Pet Sematary," a novel about animals and people who demonically come back to life after internment at an ancient Native American burial site. Hotel staff said the cemetery is sometimes a stop on tours, though it doesn't attract near the attention of the hotel itself.

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Pet cemetery to be dug up at Stanley Hotel that inspired 'The Shining'

By: Robert Allen Fort Collins Coloradoan
Updated: October 17, 2013 at 6:50 am

ESTES PARK - Plans to dig up a pet cemetery at the Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King's horror novel "The Shining," have neighbors feeling aggrieved. The graves are to be moved to the other side of a small pond, making way for a wedding and corporate retreat pavilion. The project is a...

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