Colorado: Stephen King’s Second Home

admin June 15, 2010 0

Everyone who has read Stephen King knows that he lives in Maine. Most of his stories and books seem to be set their either real places or fictional places within that state.

However, several books and short stories including some of his most famous have been set in Colorado. These books include classics such as The Shining, Misery and The Stand.

Everybody remembers the Overlook Hotel in the movie, “The Shining,” with its creepy architecture, oddly old and Victorian. While that hotel is fictional, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO was the hotel that Stephen King based the fictional one off of.

The lesser-seen mini-series of “The Shining” was actually filmed at the Stanley Hotel.

In his epic novel, The Stand, the forces of good and evil square up after an apocalypse with the bad residing in Las Vegas and the good in none other than Boulder, Colorado. His knowledge of the geography of Boulder is stunning and describes at length roads, houses and even stores in the town, almost all of which still exist.

Such landmarks he mentions are Pearl St., the Boulder Amphitheater, the King Soopers on Baseline Rd. & Table Mesa Dr.

Misery took place in Sidewinder, CO, an invented mountain town. The main character stays at the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder, CO at the beginning of the novel and gets into a car accident in the mountains during a snowstorm to be rescued by a crazed fan of his books.

For Stephen King fans visiting the Denver/Boulder area, it would definitely be a hauntingly exciting excursion to visit the sites of some of his most famous novels.

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