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                                       The town of Creede was incorporated on June 13, 1892.

Creede is located near the headwaters of the Rio Grande River, which flows through the San Juan Mountains and the San
Luis Valley on its way to New Mexico, Texas, and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico.  The river has played a critical role in
the development of farming and ranching in the Valley.

Creede was the last silver boom town in Colorado in the 1800s.  At its peak there were 10,000 people in the area.  That’s
hard for us to imagine these days.  The Creede mines were in continuous operation from 1890 until 1985.

The original townsite of Creede was located on East Willow Creek just above its junction with West Willow Creek.  Below
Creede were Stringtown, Jimtown, and Amethyst.  The Willow Creek site was soon renamed Creede after Nicholas C.
Creede who discovered the Holy Moses Mine.  Soon the entire town area from East Willow to Amethyst was called Creede.


                              The haunted Creede Hotel & Restaurant

Virtually no one lived in Creede in the late 1880s, but by 1892, the silver mining boom brought the population close to
10,000. Creede was a rowdy mining camp town. As the song goes, "It's day all day in the daytime, and there is no night in
Creede." There were nearly a hundred "hotels" at the time, and the Creede Hotel, which was then Zang's Hotel (after its
owner), was considered one of the town's finest. No building in Creede was ever grand or elaborate, and the Hotel was no
exception—the town grew so fast that buildings were thrown up as quickly as possible, the Hotel included. Comparatively
though, Zang's Hotel was the fanciest place to stay.

The five rooms upstairs, and at least that many more downstairs, housed miners and businessmen. Famous boarders
included town boss and con-artist Soapy Smith, Poker Alice Tubbs and Calamity Jane (see their pictures upstairs if you're
inclined to glamorize any of them...), Bob Ford (the baby-faced killer of Jessie James).

Some suspect that a few of the old boarders may still be around. On numerous occasions, guests have heard
or seen strange things in the night. We even have a few ghost stories of our own.

Michael David Toole, Chef and Proprietor
The Creede Hotel and Restaurant
120 N. Main Street, P. O. Box 10
Creede, Colorado 81130

Reservations: 719-658-2608


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