The first permanent settler of Grand Lake, Colorado, was homesteader Judge Joseph L. Wescott in 1867. In 1880, a high-flying lawyer from Chicago tried to dispossess Wescott of his right and title to Grand Lake, at the head of the park, which is considered to be one of the most charming spots in the entire west. Wescott held undisputed possession, and, with the growing tourist business, he planned to gobble up the narrow neck of land on the western side of the lake and so fall heir to the lake. Newspapers seem to spell the name Westcott, while most historians spell it Wescott. (The above information researched and copied from the Internet as documented by Gail Brooks of Grand Lake).
Near this small cache was the approximate site of a cabin constructed by Judge Joseph L. Wescott. He erected several log cabins and practiced his fishing. The fishing was so good that he and friend John Barbee caught and sold hundreds of pounds of trout in Georgetown and Denver during the summer months.
In the dark hours of the night, the Rainbow is lit up with lights. The donor of the lights on the Rainbow dedicates them to shine on the quiet waters, that their reflection may honor the many sacrifices made by the service men and women and their families. Also of note is the fact that Joseph L. Wescott served in the Civil War as a private in Company G, First Colorado Calvary, in spite of the fact he was near sighted.
As with two of our other caches, (GC1GKPK and GC3V9DY), bring along your fishing pole and find a good spot along the water's edge to catch yourself some Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, or an occasional Lake Trout. For bait, use either worms on the bottom with a couple salmon eggs attached, or a brightly colored one eighth ounce KastMaster lure for spin casting. We have caught many fish here and this is one of those spots where you may see nice boats going by, or even a Moose enjoying the shallow water along shore and eating the underwater grasses.