The Lienemann Family
Del Lienemann, Sr, and Charlotte Lienemann had 7 children; Del Jr., David, Diane, Doug, Dorothy, Daniel and Denise. With the exception of Del, Jr., the first initials of the children’s First, Middle and Last names spell DEL. The Family Pictures are located in the loft at Wa-Ste-La.
Del Lienemann, Sr. and Charlotte Lienemann began going to Estes Park for family vacations in the early 1950’s. The family would often leave in the middle of the night with the kids asleep in the back of the station wagon and drive to Estes Park to avoid traffic on the 2 lane highway. Back in those days, there was no Interstate System, so we would usually take highway 6 and then highway 34 to drive from Lincoln to Estes Park. We would often get to Western Nebraska or Eastern Colorado by 6:00 am in the morning.
Our family would usually stay at the YMCA of the Rockies during our vacation in Estes Park. Although, one year we stayed at Meeker Park, which is South of Estes Park on highway 7 on the East side of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker. This area gets a lot more rain because of the storms going over Longs Peak and, as a result, there are a lot more trees and vegetation than in Estes Park. I prefer the dryer climate of Estes Park and you get a much better view of Front Range in Estes Park as well.
After David E. Lienemann passed away from in operable brain cancer on March 16, 1968, Del Lienemann, Sr, and Charlotte Lienemann decided that they would like to own their own home in Estes Park and name it after their son who died. So, Del Lienemann, Sr., Charlotte Lienemann and Del Lienemann, Jr. began looking for a suitable lot on which to build a home. Our search for a lot brought us to Park Entrance Estates. We looked at lot 25, which was at the back of the subdivision. This lot had a natural building site down by the road, but that site was directly across the road from the Russell’s home and it did not have a very good view of the Front Range. Del Lienemann, Jr. decided to hike up to the back of the lot and found a small grassy area that was fairly flat with a great view of the Front Range. After convincing Del Lienemann, Sr. and Charlotte Lienemann to hike up to the small grassy area, all agreed that this would be the perfect spot to build the home. However, it would require a very steep road to be built in order to get there.