Glenwood Springs

                                                                  Above photo from:

Glenwood Springs sits at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, 180 miles west of Denver.  Throughout our history and
continuing today, Glenwood Springs is known for its medicinal hot sulfur springs, rich natural history and scenic beauty that draw tourists from
around the world.

Originally inhabited by nomadic Ute Indian tribes, this area of bubbling hot springs has long been a destination for the health seeker.

In the early 1880's, James Landis homesteaded the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Grand Rivers that would become Glenwood Springs.

In 1880, Defiance camp was set up at Grand Springs, now Glenwood Springs.

Early settlers Isaac Cooper and Walter Devereux saw the potential for Glenwood Springs to become a highly regarded destination and
developed these amenities into a world class resort.

On November 8th, 1887, John Henry "Doc" Holliday died of tuberculosis in the Hotel Glenwood. (The Hotel Glenwood burned to the ground in
December of 1945.)

Doc Holliday was buried in Linwood Cemetery; but the exact location of his gravesite is unknown.

The arrival of the railroads in 1887 brought the first train-loads of tourists to enjoy all that Glenwood has to offer. The addition of the Vapor
Caves, Hotel Colorado and Fairy Caves provided a total package for the well-heeled traveler. The local economy was not only fueled by tourism,
but also coal mining, farming and ranching, commerce and outdoor recreation. A visit to historic Glenwood Springs will take you back in time to
enjoy all of the amenities that were formerly reserved for the well-to-do.

Historic Ghost Walks through Linwood Cemetery

                                                                                      Held annually every October

Each fall, visitors and locals can enjoy the “Ghost Walk” to Pioneer Cemetery, where you can listen to the ghosts give firsthand accounts of their
lives during the early days of Glenwood Springs. The walk begins at the trailhead to Linwood (Pioneer) Cemetery at 12th Street and Bennett,
where tour guides lead you up to and through Glenwood's oldest cemetery. Different performers each weekend. Tickets available in person at
the Frontier Historical Museum or Through the Looking Glass bookstore, both in Glenwood Springs. Tickets also available for purchase with Visa
or MasterCard by calling the museum (970) 945-4448. The Ghost Walk sells out rather quickly, so purchasing at least a week or so in advance
is recommended. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress appropriately for the weather.

Be advised that the hike to the cemetery is moderately strenuous.

Buy early as this event always sells out!

Frontier Historical Society
1001 Colorado Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO

  Hotel Colorado

                                                                 Above photo from Hotel Colorado's Facebook page

Designed after the Villa de Medici in Italy, the Hotel Colorado was originally a summer destination for affluent tourists. Opened in 1893, the
Colorado employed a highly trained staff in its luxurious surroundings to cater to visitors who expected only the best. Over the years, the hotel
has played host to presidents, gangsters and movie stars.

                                                       June 10th, 1893, the Grand opening of the Hotel Colorado is celebrated.

On April 15th, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt's bear hunt began on Divide Creek.  The Hotel Colorado became the "Little White House
of the West".

                                                           Ghost Tours of the Hotel Colorado

                                                                           Above photo from Hotel Colorado's website

Via E-mail correspondence @ October 2011:


I am the tour guide for Glenwood's "Grand Old Dame," the Hotel Colorado.
Am not sure if anyone has gotten back to you, but yes, we are doing ghost tours this season.
My usual historical tours include the ghost stories. They are at 4 and 5 PM on Thursdays and Saturdays.  However, for Halloween, I am doing
tours in the evenings upon request. Thursday, the 20th, Saturday, Oct. 22, Sunday the 23rd, are available. Then, also by reservation, any
evening 24th through 27th. I have a reservation already filled for the 29th, but the 30th and 31st itself are still available. We charge $8 per
person for this tour. It lasts about one hour plus time for questions and conversation. Since the hotel is open to regular guests, I am not always
able to get the tour into specific rooms to see deor and feel 'vibes" but always try to make at least one available for the tour.
If you would like to contact me at this address, or call my cell, at 970-618-9387, I'd be glad to reserve a time for you.

Thank you for the inquiry.

alias: the Mysterious Mrs. Malaby

Hotel Colorado        
526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


                                                   Ghost Stories of the Hotel Colorado

The events that follow have been related by reliable hotel staff, most have been confirmed by a second witness.

Over 100 years, the Hotel Colorado has hosted thousands of guests. Some of the staff have wondered if certain guests never leave. Many
people have reported that they smell the aroma of cigar smoke in the lobby when nobody around is smoking. Hotel staff smell it at the front desk.
Things like keys or files turn up missing and then reappear in the place in which they vanished.

A night auditor in the 1980's saw a figure with charcoal gray slacks and a red and white vest. Upon seeing the same image on a Sunday night in
1993, a desk clerk and kitchen staff reported that after catching a glimpse, it immediately vanished. Night auditors inform me that usually
between 2-4 a.m., peculiar things happen. The elevator moves between floors with no one on it. Doors on the Colorado Room Open and
close for no reason. Housekeeping staff has related many times that the laundry doors downstairs have been locked at night. The following
morning, after obtaining a key from the front desk, they arrive at the laundry room to find the doors wide open. A houseman in the early 1980's
frequently locked up the basement and turned the light out. Upon returning, doors were open and the lights turned on.

While the hotel was serving as a hospital, a former chambermaid named Florence was murdered when she became part of a lover's triangle.
A disheartened patient huled a heavy white pitcher at her in a jealous fit over a handsome miner from Aspen. Many guests smell perfume in the
Devereux dining room and it is believed to be Florence's. In the bell towers, a woman has awakened several male guests, standing over
the bed. When the men were asked how they reacted, they've usually responded that they pulled the covers over their head.

It is believed that a little girl fell from one of the balconies while chasing a ball. Many of the guests have seen a young girl wearing Victorian
clothing, playing catch with their children. In 1987, an older lady called the front desk and asked the night clerk if he had given a key to a little
girl. The lady was in bed and the girl was standing at the bed's foot. This lady returned for several years, always to the same room. She told
the desk agent that she visits with the child.

After extensive remodeling, workmen related the following experience that occurred in a 5th floor room. They applied wallpaper to the walls in the
room. The next morning, it was all down, rolled neatly on the floor. They re-glued the paper twice with the same results. Exasperated, they left for
the night leaving 3 rolls of different paper on the bed. The next morning, the paper from the bed was on the walls and the others were on the
floor. The mystery wallpaper remains on the walls today.

One night, the night auditor passed through the Devereux Dining Room numerous times between 11pm and 7am. In the early morning hours, a
candle appeared on one of the tables, lit. It continued to be lit until the restaurant staff arrived at 6 am. they swore the candles were all removed
at closing the evening before. It couldn't possibly have burned all night since it was a 6-hour candle. This situation occurred many times
during the summer of 1992.

The same day, the morning cook arrived at 6am. He heard plates stacking in the Devereux dining room. When he walked in, the sound stopped.
He returned to the kitchen and the noise resumed. After this occured several times, a white, misty cloud appeared in the kitchen and moved into
the dining room. It aced out of the dining room and passed through one of the waitresses. The Devereux staff observed this and were

there be ghosts in our midst or can these strange occurrences be explained? I leave you to ponder and to draw your own conclusions.

Source:   -
(Inactive link)

                                               Apparition Manor: True Ghost Stories of the Hotel Colorado
By Kathy Rippy Fleming

Apparition Manor: True Ghost Stories of the Hotel Colorado - by Kathy Rippy Fleming   { A collection of ghost stories from employees and visitors
of the historic Hotel Colorado in
Glenwood Springs.}
(1995, Twin Aspen, New Castle, CO) $5.95

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