NEAR PINECLIFFE - It was a resort in more ways than one.

Lincoln Hills provided the lives that many African Americans in Colorado and beyond felt they couldn’t live year-round.

Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, Lincoln Hills was home to vacation cabins built by African American families starting in the 1920s. Some of those cabins still stand today.

History Colorado Center captured the story of Lincoln Hills in a permanent exhibit dedicated educating people about the resort and letting them hear personal stories of the people connected to it.

One of those people is Nancelia Jackson, who spoke in the video produced by History Colorado Center. Her grandfather built a cabin in Lincoln Hills in 1926.

“I think it was to give us a place for black people to go because we couldn’t go to Estes Park or Aspen or anything like that,” Jackson said.

Not far from those cabins was Wink’s Panorama Lodge. Families seeking a mountain vacation could also stay there alongside African American stars who were not allowed to stay at other resorts. Wink’s lodge counts among its guests the legendary Lena Horne and Duke Ellington.

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