Empire is located in Clear Creek County- (35 miles West of Denver on I-70).  Named for the state of New York, this small town
expected to be as great an empire someday. Gold and Silver mines abounded between 1858 & 1865, and many fled the turmoil of
the East to stake a claim.

The haunted & historic Peck House is for

Price reduced to  $1,295,000!

83 W. Sunny Avenue, Empire, CO 80438

Active listing as of September 2008



7860 sf, 11 bed 7 bath, 1862 Income Property

MLS Number:  551614
Listing Status: Active   
Empire, CO
The Peck House
7,860 Sq. Ft
11 bed 7 bath, 1862 Income Property

Business Description: See the owner's website at:
www.thepeckhouse.com.  They have established a fantastic reputation.
This is truly a turnkey operation, completely furnished and equipped, and ready to go.

Occupancy 70%
ADR $120
Gross Revenue $360,000
Revenue/Room $36,000

Listing Agent: Sonia Cooper -  
Sonia@LegendaryProperty.com   - Phone: 303-443-6161
Legendary Properties Sotheby's International Realty
685 East Wiggins St.
Superior, Colorado 80027
303-475-4312 Bus
866-270-4062 Fax


The historic 10,000 sq. ft Peck House Hotel is located high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Once a stop for weary travelers via
stagecoach, this long-standing getaway is the oldest hotel in Colorado. Built in 1862 in a quiet, country town, this 10-room hotel
features unique, original period antiques in each of the rooms. Amazing mountain views and summer gardens surround the
property. The award-winning restaurant in the classic hotel features creative American cuisine.

Close to most major ski areas, Denver, DIA, Central City-Black Hawk casinos, Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic District,
narrow gauge railroad, and on the road to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Nearby hiking, fishing, rafting, and shopping.

This hotel is rich in history and is an inviting retreat, featuring a cozy interior atmosphere. Room for further development with three
additional lots included.


Year Built: 1862
HOA Fee: None Listed
Zoning: COMM
Property Tax: $6,400
Tax Year: 2007
Beds: 11
Baths: 7
Acres: 2
Total Square Feet: 7,860
Finished Square Feet without Basement: 7,860
Style: Other
Basement Description: Partial
Construction: Frame
Roof Material: Composite Shingle
Heating: Electric, Baseboard
Reason For Selling: Retirement and moving closer to kids and grandkids.
Terms & Asking Price: $1,500,000 for the inn and three additional adjacent lots.
Asking Price $1,500,000  
Cap Rate NA
GRM 4.00


Listing Status: Active
MLS#: 551614
MLS Listing Source: Metrolist
Listing broker representing seller: Legendary Properties Sothebys




The Peck House has been collecting guests and ghosts since 1862. Among the ghosts at this hotel are those of hotel founder
James Peck, who was thrown from his buggy and killed at age 79.

Thirteen-year-old Gracie Peck died of pneumonia November 23rd, 1885. Her coughing still haunts the hotel, says former owners
Kevin and Emily-Lu Croke.

They were spooked by certain nooks and crannies of the hotel where they would “all of a sudden be enveloped in this moist cold”
and find girl’s things strewn around the floor.

SOURCE: The Rocky Mountain News, October 27th, 2001, page 1E.

******NOTE:  The book, "Mysteries & Miracles of Colorado," by Jack Kutz, includes a great chapter about the hauntings of
the Peck House. (P. 50-54).  I highly recommend it.


* The Peck House- with 11 antique-filled guest rooms, is Colorado's oldest still-operating hotel.

* It has Clear Creek County's only 5 star restaurant.

* The Peck House is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a finalist for Uncle Ben's
Ten Best Country Inns of the
award, and was the winner of the Governor's award for Colorado cuisine.

Located 2 miles off of I-70 on Hwy. 40 in Empire.

Property Description: Historic Inn and Restaurant was originally built in 1860, but has been wonderfully maintained and refurbished.
The property was owned by the Coors family until the current operators purchased it. They live in the owner's quarters and operate
the bed and breakfast Inn and Restaurant. The property comes with three additional building lots and three additional homes or
multi-family units could be built on the additional land. This is on two acres total.


The Peck House - established in 1862 was originally named the Stage Coach House and is the longest continually operating inn in
the state of Colorado.  You can still stay there today in one of eleven rooms, lovingly furnished with antiques. Let the owner, and
resident chef of the Peck House, Gary St. Clair delight you with a delicious gourmet meal. The view of the Empire Valley can be
seen from the dining room, the barroom and the front guestrooms of the hotel, looking south along the old wagon road over Union
Pass to the town of Georgetown.  Many nationally recognized figures that came to the pioneering gold and railroad country during
the 1800s stayed at the Peck House including PT Barnum, Ulysses S. Grant and General Sherman.



The Peck House was the first building in Empire with electricity and an almost weekly concert was offered on the second story
veranda by the Empire Silver Coronet band. They played under the red, white, and blue twinkling lights powered by the nearby
waterwheel, and later a generator, set up by James Peck.

In 1881, a telephone line was installed and celebrated by having a concert at the Peck House which was telephoned down to
Georgetown for the listening audience on the other side of Union Pass, about four miles away. Along with a lively Democratic party,
described in the Georgetown Courier in 1878 as “a ring-tail snorting old blowout,” there were other celebrations-sleight rides and
“straw”(wagon) parties that also came up and over Union Pass to revel at the Peck House. That pass was the scene of James Peck’
s accident in 1880 when he was 78 years old- he fell from his buggy when his horse charged and ran away. The entire town of
Empire City mourned the man they called “the Emperor,” along with his widow, Mary Grace Parsons Peck, and his children, Mary,
Frank Lebaron, James, Jr., and Harry Bristol Peck.

While the town of Empire was growing, the Peck House was the mecca for the “more genteel” social activities of masque balls,
concerts, and fine dining. Many nationally known figures came to the pioneering gold and railroad country during the past century,
including P.T. Barnum, Ulysses S. Grant, and General Sherman; their names appear in the old Peck House hotel registry. In the
middle of the 20th century, after almost ninety years in the Peck family, the hotel was sold to Joseph Emerson Smith, the editor of
the Denver Post. In the 1950s, Smith penned a series of historic articles for the Clear Creek Mining Journal, based on tales
supposedly told by Mrs. Hanson of Hanson’s Lodge. Smith did an excellent job of plagiarizing obituaries, newspaper articles, and
even the 1880 History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys to present his stories. He died in 1954.

The Peck House was then sold to two granddaughters of illustrious gentlemen, Adolph Coors, founder of Coors Brewery in Golden,
and Henry Colbran, one of the founders of the Colorado Midland Railroad. The sisters renamed the Peck House, the “Hotel
Splendide.” Louise Harrison, one of the sisters, wrote the history of Empire and the region in an excellent book, “Empire and the
Berthoud Pass.” Unlike many of Caroline Bancroft’s books, Harrison’s book is well researched and very factual, complete with
photographs of the Peck family and other early residents of Empire.


                                More history from The Peck House website:

The Peck House is located in the small town of Empire in Clear Creek County. Named for the great state of New York, this small
town expected to be as great an empire someday. Gold and Silver mines abounded between 1858 & 1865, and many fled the
turmoil of the East to stake a claim. Among them was James Peck and his 3 teenage sons. They came in 1860 to build their house
so the other family members might follow. In 1862, Mary Grace Parsons Peck brought the family goods by oxcart and joined her
family. Soon investors for their mines arrived from the East and Mrs. Peck became a full time innkeeper and cook.

Surrounded by Douglas, Lincoln, Covode, Republican & Democrat mountains and just over Union Pass from Georgetown (that
Rebel Stronghold), Empire waged it's own private Civil War. The regiment dispatched to fight the Southern Troops at Glorieta Pass
in New Mexico was filled with Empire's hometown boys.

By 1873, the war years were past and mining had taken off in Empire. A new section of rooms and a new dining area were built at
The Peck House. To accommodate the increase in boarders, the Lake Michigan Ship's bell over the door was rung 3 times a day to
call the men around town to dinner as well as to announce the arrival of the daily hack coming through from Central City to

In 1880, James Peck was killed by a fall from his carriage on Union Pass. Mary Grace Peck and her oldest son, Frank , took over
the affairs of the Peck House and mines. A new addition was added to make The Peck House the social center of Clear Creek
County. A billiard room, bar, and poker room were added downstairs plus guest rooms upstairs. To comply with the new law
ordering all bars to have a library for the education of the miners, a ladies parlor and library were also added.

Many notables passed through in those days including P.T. Barnum, Ulysses S. Grant and General Sherman. The Peck family
owned the hotel until the death of James Peck's Grandson, Howard around 1945.

Since his death, the most notable owners were Margaret Collbran and Louise Harrison, the granddaughters of Adolph Coors, the
founder of Coors Brewing Company, and Henry Collbran, one of the founders of the Midland Railroad. The present enjoyment of
The Peck House is due mainly to basic structural restoration done between 1950 and 1968 by these sisters. The Hotel Splendide,
as they called the hotel, was to be modeled after a small European Hotel.

Many owners followed between the years of 1969 and 1980, most staying only a few years. However in 1980, the present owners
Gary and Sally St. Clair visited the Peck House on their honeymoon. They returned several times that fall and by March,1981 had
arranged to purchase the small hotel. Just like the Peck's, they brought their 3 teenage children with them to share in the dream.

Today you will usually find Sally in the front of the house or in the extensive gardens. Gary, seldom seen, is slaving away in the
kitchen to produce the unusual and creative cuisine for which we've become famous.



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