Welcome to Lincoln Hills Cares

Welcome to Lincoln Hills Cares

OUR MISSION

Lincoln Hills Cares creates unforgettable Colorado experiences for youth by creating a connection to cultural history, science, technology, art and environmental conservation. The program imparts knowledge, encourages thinking and empowers youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity, due to economic, social or family circumstances.

Lincoln Hills Cares is dedicated to sharing a world-class fly-fishing experience with military service personnel and their families through the Anglers of Honor program. Our programming aims to show our thanks and appreciation for their service, and aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of our heroic veterans.

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Lincoln Hills Cares is a coalition of public charities that enrich local communities through environmental awareness, a connection to cultural history, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education and healthy lifestyle options.

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African American History Month- an ongoing debate continues whether it should exist. In the meantime I’m going to share a little story.
Lincoln Hills, from Necessity to Opportunity
The history of Lincoln Hills began in 1922 when the Lincoln Hills Development Company (LHDC) was formed by Denverites E.C. Regnier and Roger Ewalt, African-Americans who sought to build a resort, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, for middle class African-Americans. At the time of its founding, Lincoln Hills was the only vacation resort west of the Mississippi River owned by and catering to African-Americans. Only two other resorts in the United States, Idlewild in MI and Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, also catered to African-Americans at that time, however Lincoln Hills is the only one to have been planned from inception and developed by an African-American owned company.

Growth of Historic Lincoln Hills Area
The historical Lincoln Hills resort area extended over (100) acres in total and over (600) lots were sold in the 1920s and 1930s. Most lots were small, only 25ft by 100ft and sold for $50 – $100 apiece. Typically, they had cabins erected on them or were used as campsites. Owners were dispersed throughout the United States but its core ownership group, by far, was found within the African-American community of Denver, Colorado.
The Lincoln Hills resort area saw several distinctive periods of growth and use. The first began in 1925 when Obrey Wendall “Winks” Hamlet and his wife Naomi Hamlet began their construction of Winks Lodge, also known as Winks Panorama, which would become the first full service resort in the growing area. Completed in 1928, Winks Lodge consisted of three-stories and (6) bedrooms.

As it was one of only a small handful of resort hotels that catered to African-Americans, Winks Lodge drew many of America’s most noted African-American creative luminaries including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billy Eckstine who would visit Winks Lodge before and after their performances in the Five Points jazz venues within Denver. Extending beyond music, Winks lodge hosted readings, similar to the literary salons of the Harlem Renaissance, which featured such national treasures as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Thurston and Countee Cullen.

The Lincoln Hills resort and Winks Lodge community continued to enjoy a strong existence and role in the lives of many African-American families throughout the Great Depression, post-World War II and up until the mid-1960s.

Fast forward to today.
Using the Lincoln Hills property, located on South Boulder Creek in Black Hawk as a backdrop, Lincoln Hills Cares (LHC), is a coalition of public charities that enrich local communities through environmental awareness, and a connection to cultural history.

The mission of LHC is to create unforgettable Colorado experiences for youth. The program imparts knowledge, encourages thinking and empowers youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity, due to economic, social or family circumstances. Participants explore and learn about water conservation, wildlife, botany, wetland ecology, gold panning, dancing, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and the rich, cultural history of Lincoln Hills.

LHC also shares a world-class fly-fishing experience with military service personnel and their families through the Anglers of Honor program, which aims to show our thanks and appreciation for their service, and aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of our heroic veterans. In addition to working with veterans, LHC provides a Fly Fishing therapy program for patients from Craig Hospital.

In addition to the youth and military veteran programming, Lincoln Hills Cares carries on the tradition of the Nizhoni Summer Equestrian Program, providing youth & teen girls with life-enhancing confidence through equestrian training and the TeamWorks Youth Work Program, a summer intensive work & education program for teens.

In 2015 over 1200 kids and adults participated in outdoor education and to this date 600 plus military veterans and their families have participated in fishing activities.

Learn more about Lincoln Hills at History Colorado and at the Blair- Caldwell African American Research Library in Five Points. See MoreSee Less

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