The story of historical Lincoln Hills resort is truly remarkable. It combines the very best American ideals of vision, pride and community. What began as the hallmark of American entrepreneurship, the ability to see and to seize economic opportunity, quickly became something much larger – a pristine, joy-filled cultural oasis, a stone’s throw from an environment often times consumed by unease, unrest and palpable injustice.
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.