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 Barbara <I>Lang</I> Tripp

Barbara Lang Tripp

Greeley, Weld County, Colorado, USA
Death 15 Nov 2012 (aged 89)
Glenisle, Park County, Colorado, USA
Burial Bailey, Park County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 101028500 · View Source
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Barbara Lang Tripp, age 89, of Bailey died Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home at Glen-Isle Resort.

Barbara was a strong, courageous, inspirational woman who loved life, family, friends, pets and wildlife. Born Jan. 27, 1923, in Greeley, she was the daughter of Alethe Baldwin Lang Read and Howard Adam Lang (Granddaughter of John Adams Lang and Ida Ackerman and Arthur Wellsley Baldwin and Sarah Belle Wood). Barbara along with her husband, Gordon A. Tripp, were the owners and operators of Glen-Isle Resort for more than 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon A. Tripp, and her brother James B. Lang. She is survived by her five children, Heidi (Tripp) and Mike Langdon of Arvada, Howard J. Tripp of Frankfort, Ky., Amy (Tripp) and Bob Pfahler of Wheat Ridge, Leonard D. and Cecile Tripp of Tucson, Ariz., and Heather (Tripp) Davis of Bailey; along with 11 grandchildren, Michelle Langdon Zethren, Lynneah Langdon, Justin Davis, Greg Davis, Amygrace Davis, Tony Moon, Neely Carpenter, Scott Webb, Sierra Tripp, Nathan Tripp and Donovan Tripp.

Published in the High Timber Times, Wednesday, November 28, 2012.


Community mourns passing of Barbara Tripp, owner of Glen-Isle Resort
Service to be Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Platte Canyon Community Church

The Flume Newspaper Electronic Edition, Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012
Tom Locke, Editor

Barbara Tripp, the owner of the historic Glen-Isle Resort in Bailey, passed away from heart failure at the age of 89 on the morning of Nov. 15 at her residence at Glen-Isle Resort, according to Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr. A memorial service has been set for Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at Platte Canyon Community Church in Bailey. Larry Kalb, pastor of the church, described Tripp's importance to the congregation. "She provided stability. She provided faith. She was a real example of perseverance. She was admired by everybody here for those qualities," he said. "She and Gordon [her late husband] were great supporters of the community," said Kalb. "I think she was a charter member [of Platte Canyon Community Church], as a matter of fact. That was 53 years ago," he added. Indeed, Bailey resident Gayle Kingery, who was a friend of Tripp for more than 57 years, confirmed Tripp's charter member status with the church. "Charter member of Platte Canyon Community Church, February 10, 1957; taught Sunday school since 8th grade," she said in a Nov. 19 fax. Kingery described her longtime friend as: "Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother; gracious hostess, extraordinary cook/chef; expert seamstress, faithful Christian, and numerous other attributes." Linda Balough, director of the South Park National Heritage Area and director of heritage and tourism for Park County, spoke of the loss. "I loved her to death," said Balough. "She was sweet as can be. She was a joy to be around. Absolutely a joy to be around." "I'm really sorry to hear it," she said of the news. "It just won't be the same place without her." Bailey resident Mary Sasser also thought of Tripp as a very special woman. "Miss Barbara was the diamond in the crown of Platte Canyon," said Sasser in a Nov. 19 email. "She was the Queen of Hospitality, Kindness, Storytelling and our treasure. I always thought of her as our most valuable natural resource. Never missing a beat, Miss Barbara would cheerfully share a story, a smile and a hug.
"When I think of the thousands of people she touched – phew! As an Innkeeper or Sunday school teacher it was clear her mission was to serve others." Said Sasser: "Miss Barbara lived a very long, full and loving life. Her sparkling blue eyes, gentle laugh and pioneer spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. Blessed were we!" (She notes that Tripp's oral history can be found at In a Nov. 19 email Bailey resident Pat Mauro recalled the Park County Historical Society being hosted at the lodge on Oct. 14 by Tripp and what an honor it was to hear the stories from the source. But she was important to him personally as well. "I cherished every moment I spent with Barb Tripp. If I arrived, feeling troubled or dejected, Barb lifted my spirits with her wonderful smile and stories of her fantastic life!" he said.

That fantastic life was an outgrowth of a decision by Tripp's grandparents to buy Glen-Isle in 1923. "Established in 1900 by a group of Denver investors, Glen-Isle Resort has been in the same family since 1923, remains largely unchanged in appearance, and continues to host guests in its cabins. The lodge serves as a gift shop and museum," according to the Park County website. Glen Isle is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Park County Historical Landmark.
Barbara Tripp, who was born on Jan. 27, 1923, and her husband, Gordon Tripp, came to help her grandparents with the resort when she was 20 years old, and she had lived at Glen-Isle ever since.
Renters come from all over the country and from other countries, Tripp told The Flume back in 2006.
Balough noted the importance of Glen-Isle to the community.
"She and it [the resort] both have been just an icon of the community," she said. "It's the last perfectly intact reconstruction of all those resorts and lodges all the way through Platte Canyon," she said.
Platte Canyon was a resort area for people in the Denver area who wanted to get away to a place with clean air, she said.
Even after the trains stopped running to Platte Canyon, people kept coming in their automobiles, she said.
There are a couple of old hotels in Shawnee that are now residences, including the Grand Hotel, and a hotel now occupied by the Lambert family in Shawnee, she said. But Glen-Isle has been the only one in the area that has continued to operate as a resort.
Tripp used the lodge as a museum, with rooms restored the way they used to look, but she was also still renting cabins for lodging, said Balough.
A call to Glen-Isle on Nov. 16 was answered by a recorded message saying that the resort was "not renting cabins for this winter."
Glen-Isle has a Facebook page at, and some recent comments about Tripp have been posted there and at community website
Balough said Tripp is survived by several children, including Heather Davis, whose husband, Jeff Davis, was the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District fire chief for many years. He died of cancer on April 18 of this year.
Flume articles indicate that significant efforts have been made over the past few years to keep the structure of Glen-Isle's lodge intact.
A June 5, 2009, article noted that Glen-Isle had gotten a new roof for the lodge thanks in part to a $34,602 grant from the State Historical Fund to cover about half the cost. The old roof had been leaking badly, and buckets and jars had been used to catch the water.
A June 29, 2012, article described the completion this past June 21 of repairs after a windstorm had blown two trees into the porch and stairs of Glen-Isle's lodge. Sometimes there was a total loss. A July 14, 2006, article described how the Tarryall Cabin at Glen-Isle had been completely destroyed by fire.
At that time, Tripp, then 83, described previous times of fire, such as one fire caused by lightning that came through a television set in a cabin and a chimney fire at another cabin; times of drought, when water had to be delivered in large tankers; times of gas rationing that cut clientele; and even times of invasion ... by hundreds of mice. She also told of falling asleep at the wheel in July eight years before and driving her car into the North Fork of the South Platte River and floating in it for 55 minutes with water at times up to her neck. Both banks of the river were lined with people watching, she said. The river carried her car under a bridge and over a waterfall, but she didn't think much about the danger. Her billfold broke open, she said, and she spent some time retrieving greenbacks floating around her. Eventually a firefighter in a wet suit pulled her out the window, and they floated downstream together until they found a place to go ashore. In 2006, she still had the car, an old Datsun, as a memento to remind herself she shouldn't drive. "Every year has something," said Tripp in 2006. "I guess this is the year of the burned cabin." Tripp also talked of her long hours. At age 83 in 2006, from June through September she would start work at 9 a.m. and stay until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. seven days a week. The other months of the year she would keep five cabins open and work a little every day, not taking a day off very often.
Was that a recipe for burnout? Not according to Tripp.
"There's not much I dislike at all. I'm very happy," she said. "You meet lots of neat people. Lots of people come back year after year. So it's like your family coming back." Kingery remembered Tripp sending cards to family and friends on special occasions, hand-writing thank-you notes, and hand-knitting bonnets, sweaters and booties for new babies in the community.
She was a "handy woman," said Kingery, who worked alongside her husband in building a new cabin at Glen-Isle and "could transform most any article from a rummage sale into a work of art." Tuesday night chuckwagon dinners were legendary, she said, with members of the community invited to join guests for activities that included singing around the campfire and square dancing. She entertained the community at a New Year's Day open house for many years. Second and third generations of guests returned to Glen-Isle for vacations. Said Kingery: "‘Dear friends, like antiques, become even more precious as time passes on.' ... inscription on a framed [plaque] given to me by Barbara. Good-bye for now, my friend. I'll miss you, but I know I'll see you later."

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