Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Was Enos a vegetarian?
A: No. His main dietary concern was avoiding wheat products.
Q: Was Enos an atheist?
A: No. Enos was raised with a strong Quaker background.
Q: Did Enos ever hunt or trap animals?
A: No. Whatever meat he ate, he traded for or purchased. However, he often asked hunters and trappers about the animals they hunted so that he could learn more about the animals and their behavior. He never owned a gun, nor did he ever have the need.
Q: Did Enos have any pets?
A: Yes. He had a border collie named Scotch for several years, two grizzly bear cubs named Johnny and Jenny, and as a boy building his homestead he raised three baby bluebirds (one of which was named Little Blue). He owned two mining town "return horses" named Cricket and Midget. He traveled briefly with a baby beaver which he named Diver, then gave him to a family of settlers.
Q: What kind of camera did Enos use?
A: He used several types. One we're certain of is a 1909 Eastman Kodak Pocket Camera.
Q: Are all of Enos' stories true?
A: As far as we can tell, yes. Many of the stories he wrote were of his own experiences. He sometimes told the accounts of other people as well.
Q: Where is Enos buried?
A: Enos was first buried beside his homestead cabin. He was later exhumed and cremated.
Q: We love this picture of Enos and his daughter, Enda. Where was it taken?
A: Enda was three and a half when he died. The girl shown above is Harriet Peters, the youngest person to summit Long's Peak at the time. Enos was never able to summit Long's Peak with his daughter. However, this is the top of Longs Peak.
Q: Did he raise his family in his homestead?
A: No. By the time he was married in 1918, he had been living at Long's Peak Inn for 9 years. He was, however, married in the doorway of his homestead. He did say that all of his great happinesses happened at his cabin he had built as a boy.
Q: What exactly was Enos' relation to Reverend Elkanah J. Lamb?
A: On Enos's father's side he was Elkanah's first cousin once removed. On Enos' mother's side he was Elkanah's first cousin twice removed.
Q: Did you (any living descendants) get to meet Enos Mills?
A: Enos died, unfortunately, in 1922. Those of us still living and related to him were born...decidedly later, so, no. Fortunately, he left us with plenty to learn about him and his work!
Q: Enos talks about feeding the chipmunks around Longs Peak Inn, and there are other instances of him feeding wild animals. Do you still feed wild animals?
A: Enos lived in a different time, indeed. We do not currently feed any wild animals at the museum or anywhere else. We do not recommend or advocate the feeding of any wild animal in or around Rocky Mountain National Park or any park. Bears and other large animals can become dangerous if they grow too accustomed to human food and are often killed (destroyed) when they become too threatening. Wild animals are resourceful, they can feed themselves! Also, chipmunks and other creatures in this region may be carrying diseases harmful to humans (Bubonic Plague), and may not be able to tell a peanut or chip from the end of your finger.
Q: This is a great photo of Enos with his dog, Scotch--
A: That is not Scotch, and we don't know who the dog really is. This dog either belonged to a guest or one of Enos' employees. Whoever this dog was, he or she was likely a good dog, and a pretty dog, and just as deserving of treats as any other dog.
PS: Yes, that is Enos, and the photo was taken at Long's Peak Inn.
Q: Do other national parks or monuments mention Enos A. Mills?
A: He is celebrated at Homestead National Monument, in Nebraska, for his achievement as a homesteader, as well as the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. Click the link just below to be taken to that site:
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