Haunted Colorado inns for

                           **** Please note: This page is currently under construction. ****

......Whether or not the furnishings are included in the sale of these inns is negotiable.  One thing is for certain,
These inns DO include the ghosts!   

                   ***Note: Some of these inns may have recently sold.

The very haunted  LA VETA INN  in La Veta, CO, is for sale!  Click HERE for info!

The VERY haunted Fairplay Hotel in Fairplay is under foreclosure. Click
here for the story:

The historic and reportedly haunted Peck House in Empire, CO is (was recently) for sale.
here for the details!

The haunted & historic Lumber Baron Inn is for sale! Click
here for more!

The Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton is for sale. See below:
                                                  OWN A CORNERSTONE OF SILVERTON HISTORY -

                          ...........The Grand Imperial Hotel!

$3.5 MILLION - 40 rooms, corner retail shop, office, saloon, dining room, formal dining room, gallery and ballroom.
Basement has storage, laundry, theatre and living quarters for hired help.

Built in 1882, newly remodeled rooms offer modern conveniences without losing the Victorian charm.

       You can stay in the guest room haunted by resident ghost, Dr. Luigi.......

The Grand Imperial Hotel offers excellent accommodations, friendly staff and an ideal location for winter and summer

Did you know you can spend the night in Silverton when you ride the train round trip? You can! At no extra charge!

Experience the true flavor of this quaint mining town by staying the night in Silverton's Grand Imperial Hotel.

Built in 1882, the present-day Grand Imperial Hotel saw Silverton through the best and the worst of times. She survived
through hard winters (where the thermometer plummeted to a minus 43 degrees and snow piled ten feet deep in the
streets), the Silver Panic of 1893, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and more recently, the closing of the Sunnyside,
the last mine to operate in town.  Read more about The Grand Lady of Silverton.


MLS: 80644
Type: Commercial/Income
Price: $3,500,000.00
City: Silverton
Building SF: 0
Real Estate Included: Yes

Lot Size: 100X 100
Year Built: 1882
Year Remodeled: 2005
Inventory Included: Y250,000.

Remarks: The Grand Old Lady of Silverton. 40 rooms, corner retail space, office, bar, dining room, lobby, formal dining
room/ballroom/gallery. Basement has storage, living quarters for help, and theater. Historic building tax credits.

       The Bross Hotel

Centennial hotel - the "Brown Palace" of Delta County's "Golden Triangle".  Three-story brick bed and breakfast with 10 guest rooms (each
with private bath); dining room, conference room, commercial kitchen.  Basement with two half baths.  
Owners quarters with full bath.  Private patio with hot tub.  Adjoining spacious paved parking lot.

Built in 1906, The Bross Hotel was meticulously restored in 1997 to its Victorian charm. The 3-story brick building features 10 guest rooms,
each with private bath. Wood floors, stairs and other details are original, and exposed brick walls warm up many rooms. A sitting room is
available for guests, as well as a large conference room with two half baths. A 24-seat dining room with lovely marble sideboard shows off
the charm of this building. Rooms are wired for phone and cable, and guests (and owners!) can relax in the private hot tub.

The Hotel is an approved member of 'Distinctive Inns of Colorado (bed&breakfastinns.org) and 'Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers' of Colorado
(innsofcolorado.com). Built in 1906 by Deputy Sheriff W.T. Bross, it sits on a corner lot in a residential neighborhood, within walking
distance of Paonia’s restaurants, music and events.

Paonia is the largest town in the North Fork valley, on Colorado’s western slope. Known for fruit growing and vineyards, Paonia is a lovely
small town surrounded by mountains, canyons and mesas. It is close to the West Elk Wilderness, the Grand Mesa National Forest, and the
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.


6,689 square feet, with a basement
Owners’ quarters
Wonderful commercial kitchen
Central vacuum
Plenty of off-street, paved parking
Sits on a .304 acre corner lot
The Bross Hotel is a well-established, turnkey operation.
LISTED for: $1,250,000
                                         Property Information

Number of Guest Rooms: 10
Number of Guest Room Baths: 10
Property Address:
312 Onarga Street
Property Status:
Currently is a B&B
Owners' Quarters: Yes
Year Built: 1906
Year of last renovation: 1997
Square Footage: 6,689
Acreage: 0.30
Restaurant: No
Natl. Register of Historic Places: No

Point at the  marks above for more details.  
Contact Information

Bob and Linda Lario
RE/MAX Mountain West
225 Grand Ave - PO Box 778
Paonia, CO 81428
Email - blario@remax.net
or lindalario@remax.net
(888) 374-7756 - Toll Free #
(970) 527-7756 - Office #
(970) 527-4879 - Fax #



312 Onarga Street ~ PO Box 85
Paonia, Colorado 81428
970-527-6776 ~ or ~ Fax: 970-527-7737

Baldpate Inn
PO Box 700
4900 South Hwy. 7
Estes Park, CO 80517


Only 2 owners since 1917!

                     Click HERE for hauntings of the Baldpate Inn!

The Baldpate Inn, located seven miles south of the town of Estes Park and next to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a classic mountain

The Baldpate Inn is a historic Colorado landmark, offering bed and breakfast lodging and a specialty restaurant. This business opportunity is
now available for purchase for the first time in 20 years!

The Baldpate Inn, built in 1917, consists of a main lodge with 12 guest rooms and restaurant, 4 charming cabins which have been recently
renovated, a homestead residence, outbuildings for staff housing and storage, horse barn, and 12.86 acres of forested land with sweeping
mountain views.

Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments by the handsome stone fireplace in the lobby, relax on the large sun deck, or view free videos
on the library VCR. But it might be difficult to stay inside once you experience the spectacular views from the inn's spacious porch and see the
nature trails beckoning.

Each of the early-20th-century-style rooms is unique, with handmade quilts on the beds. Several of the rooms are a bit small, and although
most of the lodge rooms share bathrooms (five bathrooms for nine units), each room does have its own sink.

Among our favorites are the Mae West Room (yes, she was a guest here), with a red claw-foot tub and wonderful views of the valley; and the
Pinetop Cabin, which has a whirlpool tub, canopy bed, and gas fireplace. In summer, an excellent soup-and-salad buffet is served for lunch
and dinner daily. Smoking is not permitted.

From Frommers.com

Financial Information:

Asking Price: $2,950,000.00
Revenue/Year: Total 2003 gross income $472,390

Realtor website:

Property Information:

Number of Guest Rooms: 16
Number of Guest Room Baths: 16
Property Address:
4900 Highway 7
Property Status:
Currently is a B&B
Owners' Quarters: No
Year Built: 1917
Years run as B&B: 85
Square Footage: 13,293
Acreage: 12.86
Restaurant: Yes
Natl. Register of Historic Places: Yes

Contact Information:

Jeff Konzak
First Colorado Realty, Inc./GMAC
P.O. Box 1229, 523 St. Vrain Lane
Estes Park, CO 80517
Email -
(800) 401-7750 - Toll Free #
(970) 586-3333 - Office #
(970) 231-1878 - Cell #
(970) 586-1665 - Fax #

The main lodge features bed and breakfast accommodations for Baldpate guests with an award-winning restaurant open to the public for
lunch, dinner, and special functions.

The main lodge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features the world's largest collection of keys from across the globe and a
historic photographic collection of presidents and celebrities.

The restaurant also hosts weddings, family reunions, and special functions for up to 100 persons.

The large acreage, zoned for accommodations, offers an opportunity for expansion of rental units.

The Baldpate Inn, with only two owners since 1917, presents a rare opportunity to acquire a charming, historic Inn with a strong history of
gross income and net cash flow!

ASKING: $2,950,000


Seven Keys to Baldpate is the mystery novel after which the Inn was named.
This intriquing mystery, written in 1913 by Earl Der Biggers, is certain to find a treasured place in your library.

The History of the Inn and the Key Collection

The Baldpate Inn's beginnings originate with a newly married couple, Gordon and Ethel Mace and Gordon's two brothers, Charles and Stuart

In 1911, while visiting Estes Park on their honeymoon, the Mace's were so taken with the area's beauty that they decided to homestead the
property upon which the Baldpate now stands. Initially only a small cabin was built on the land and rhubarb was planted to fulfill the
requirements of the Homestead Act.

In order to supplement their income, the Mace family built several small tourist cabins which proved to be a huge success. To accommodate
the overwhelming demand for their hospitality, the family made plans to build an inn. With their homestead patent registered as complete on
January 22, 1917, the couple officially opened the Baldpate that same year.

With financial resources being very limited, the Mace family used their talents with what natural resources were available and constructed the
inn from hand-hewn timber cut from the property. Massive stone fireplaces were built to provide warmth and hot water. The Baldpate was
opened boasting such amenities as hot running water, electric lights, and indoor plumbing!

The Inn was named after the mystery novel, Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers, who upon visiting the property stated that the inn
was so similar to the heretofore "imaginary" Baldpate Inn, that the Mace's hotel would become the "real" Baldpate Inn.

In the novel, each of seven visitors traveled to the closed-in-wintertime hotel, and thinks that he or she has the only key to the Inn. In keeping
with the story line of the novel, the Mace family gave each visitor to the Inn their very own key. This tradition continued until the outbreak of
World War I, when the price of metal became so expensive that the Owners were no longer able to give keys away.

The loyal guests who returned yearly were so disappointed that they began their own tradition of bringing a key back to the inn with them
each year. It is said that the competition between guests became so fierce to bring the best and most exotic each year that the Mace's
decided to begin a display of all the keys.

This was the beginning of the world's largest key collection.

The collection boasts over 20,000 keys including examples from the Pentagon, Westminster Abby, Mozart's wine cellar, and even
Frankenstein's castle to name a few!

Only the second family to own and operate The Baldpate Inn, the Smith family purchased the Inn in 1986. We again welcome Bed and
Breakfast guests back home to Baldpate.

Pictures from the Baldpate Inn's keyroom  (from the Baldpate website)

Seven Keys to Baldpate is the mystery novel after which the Inn was named.

                                                                                         Manitou Springs

                                                                          Sold in April 2005

                                                       Located in the gorgeous historic Craftwood District

                                          History Lives On

By Heather McDonnell, Gazette Enterprises

In recognition of Halloween, this week's cover home is Onaledge mansion, a 6,077-square-foot home and former bed-and-breakfast in
Manitou Springs that is rumored to have ghostly residents. In fact, the seller has been holding "haunted mansion" tours at the home in
recent years, offering locals the opportunity to search for spirits. Onaledge is listed by Rachel Buller of Manitou Springs Real Estate for
$965,000. Whether or not ghosts actually are present, Buller says the home is appealing in its own right.

"It's a well-crafted house," she says. "It's not only well-built, but it has interesting architectural details."The home was built in 1912 by
Roland Boutwell, a coppersmith who also built the neighboring Craftwood Inn, Buller says. Various copper accents throughout the home
reflect his affinity for the metal, including accents on lighting fixtures, ceiling beams and fireplace hoods. Built in the Arts and Crafts
style, Onaledge features wood wall paneling, beamed ceilings, hardwood floors and stone exterior walls, with wrought-iron fencing and
rails gracing much of the 1-acre property.  

Stone steps and paths wander around the property as well, leading to a series of ledges in the back yard. One of those ledges is home
to a charming gazebo, where buyers can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings high on the hill.

There's also a pond and a fountain on the grounds. Inside, the 20-by-29 living room is a prime example of the home's overriding
personality, with a quarter-sawn oak floor, a beamed ceiling and two sets of double doors that open onto patios. A fireplace nook is
tucked into one wall, providing a focal point for the room. The gas fireplace offers warmth to those lounging on the nearby built-in
benches, and copper accents decorate the fireplace hood. Just beyond the fireplace, a smaller nook has built-in bookcases.

Just off the living room is a parlor, with a slightly pitched ceiling and molding to add emphasis to its lines. Double doors and
old-fashioned lighting fixtures add to the room's charm.Also off the living room is a 19-by-25 dining room that's plenty large enough for
a table that seats 12 people. The beamed ceiling's dark wood and the large stone fireplace at one end give the room an elegant
personality, and a sitting area near the fireplace offers guests a place to mingle.

Double doors lead to an enclosed patio area, and a leaded-glass display case provides a place for showing off impressive trinkets. A
breakfast room sits just off the dining room, where the family can enjoy more relaxed meals. Built-in shelves and a counter here provide
additional storage. This room has walk-out access to a redwood deck with a large hot tub.

Adjoining the breakfast room is the kitchen, which was remodeled five years ago. It features granite counter tops, maple cabinets and
Viking appliances, including a gas range with a grill. There's also a full bath on the main level. Buller points out that all of the home's
bathrooms have '40s-era fixtures, each room with a different style and color.

On the way upstairs, buyers can pause at the landing to sit on a bench seat and gaze out the window at the home's terraced back yard.
The second level features three bedrooms and an office. One bedroom maintains the period style of the home, and has a
wood-burning fireplace with a copper hood. A full bath sits across the hall. A second bedroom can be used as a master suite, with two
large rooms and a picture window that faces Pikes Peak. Both this room and the third bedroom on this level have private full baths.

A set of service stairs lead to the third floor, which the sellers use as a master bedroom. The room spans the entire third level, and has
an adjoining bath and a walk-in closet. The basement has lots of charm and features a family room, a full bath, a bedroom and a
storage area. The 18-by-20 family room has plenty of room for a pool table or other game tables, and a bar provides a place to serve
up drinks. Just off the family room is a large, unfinished storage area with a dirt floor and low ceilings.

A full bath connects to both the stairway and the home's fifth bedroom, the Carriage House. This room earned its name because of its
location at the end of the home's driveway. Earlier in its history, carriages would drive through a set of wrought-iron gates and into the
Carriage House. They could then leave through the other side for access to the rear of the home. Nowadays, the Carriage House is
enclosed to create a long, 9-by-23 guest room for visitors. The room has stone walls and a sliding door to a covered patio.

Onaledge has an existing bed-and-breakfast permit for one room, plus a bed-and-breakfast liquor permit, so the property could
generate extra income for its buyers. The home also has central air conditioning, an electric security gate, a sprinkler system, an
updated electrical system, updated plumbing and two furnaces, one of which was replaced in 1999. For more information about this
home, contact Rachel Buller of Manitou Springs Real Estate at 685-0220.



402 West Mountain Avenue  
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Owner:  Greg Belcher  

E-Mail: greg@edwardshouse.com

Asking Price: $2,400,000.00
Contact Name:  Greg Belcher  
Contact Number:  970-215-9191
Contact E-mail:   greg@edwardshouse.com

Description: The property consists of two Victorian homes that were originally built in 1904 and 1907. Both have been totally restored to
perfect condition. The major restorations were in 1992 and 1996. All of the furnishings are included, with a few exceptions, and they too
are in perfect condition. The house has eight rooms and two conference/meeting rooms. Both properties have all new wiring and fixtures,
plumbing and fixtures, heating and air conditioning systems and both have also been totally restored structurally. Both houses have new
50 year roofs and are fully insulated for thermal and sound protection.

Each house has a smoke detection system wired to the local fire department and hard wired emergency lighting systems. Every room in
the facility has private telephone service, cable TV and high speed cable wireless service, all provided to the guests at no charge. The
business has been open since 1993 and has enjoyed an excellent reputation with business and leisure customers alike. The property has
a private, 8-space, paved parking lot. The property is located in a residential neighborhood in one of the city's finest, old neighborhoods,
on the west side of Historic Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado and is only 4 blocks from shops, restaurants, theater and the campus of
Colorado State University.  

      Update: SOLD  ~ ~  The business is no longer operating.

                            This is now a private home. (Please do not disturb residents)

This historic Inn property, located in downtown Colorado Springs, is comprised of two Victorian mansions. The
Hearthstone Inn, as it was previously known, featured 25 unique guest rooms, 23 private and 2 shared baths, dining
room and full-service restaurant, and a conference center. The Inn is conveniently located within comfortable walking
distance of numerous stores, restaurants, parks, and museums. The building is approximately 15, 477 square feet;
the land is approximately 22,067 square feet. Contact Lynn Lage or Ron Chernak.

Asking Price:  $2,095,000    
Down Payment:  $2,095,000   
Revenue: $0   
Adj. Profit:  $0   
Adj. Profit Type:  Seller's Discretionary Earnings   
Email: admin@fbb.com   
Phone: (800) 395-7653   
Fax: (719) 635-4988

506 North Cascade Avenue  

Old Website:

E-Mail: lynn@fbb.com
Contact Name:  David Oxenhandler
Contact Number:  719-473-4413

This B&B is made up of two National Register of Historic Place homes that were renovated and opened in 1978. It is
conveniently situated near outdoor and cultural activities, as well as shopping and dining. On site, there is a full-
service restaurant with a private fireplace dining room; the menu includes such specialties as Lobster and Diver
Scallop Quesadillas and Elk Loin. While the 25 guest rooms are decorated with authentic Victorian furnishings, they
also include modern amenities like telephones and high-speed Internet access.

The choicest of the accommodations have their own porches and working fireplaces. All but two have private baths. A
hearty breakfast is served in the dining room, and complimentary snacks and beverages are always available. The
inn caters to small gatherings, from weddings to family reunions to conferences of up to 50 in a meeting room
featuring AV equipment and full restaurant service.

Description: THE HEARTHSTONE INN in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This delightful Victorian style inn was built in
the late 1800s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Operating as a bed and breakfast since 1978,
the facility has 25 unique guest rooms, a conference room, dining room, and comes complete with antiques, décor,
and artwork. The facility is a favorite for local and visitor weddings, showers, anniversaries, honeymoons, family
reunions, weekend retreats, conferences, business meeting, and training sessions. The full-service restaurant, on
site, has a full liquor license and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Revenue is $600,989 and the Adjusted
Profit is $269,662. The Asking Price is to be suggested by Purchaser.


                                      Ghosts of the Hearthstone

   The imposing 1885 Queen Anne house on Cascade Avenue, originally the home of the prominent Judson Bemis
family, was combined with the 1900 boarding house to the north to create Hearthstone  Inn.  

The Bemis house, which had been converted into apartments in the 1930s, had to be gutted and remodeled before
the bed-and-breakfast could open in 1977.

Some of the original decoration, including a tile and cherry-wood fireplace, are intact. Besides the 1885-era antiques
that are used throughout the inn,  there are rockers on the veranda, and quilts made by the co-owner's great-great
grandmother on display. The area's largest B&B, it has 23 guest rooms.

The inn has had many reports of strange happenings during the five years since Nancy and David Oxenhandler
bought it.

The inn is made up of two houses that were connected by recent construction. The Bemis house was built in 1885
and was the childhood home of Alice Bemis Taylor, a wealthy benefactor of Colorado Springs.
The house was converted later to apartments and finally an inn in the 1970’s.

Oxenhandler said he has been told by people who claim to be former Bemis house tenants that a killing and a
questionable suicide took place there.

The attached house, the Sumner house, was briefly used as a tuberculosis sanitorium. It houses several rooms and
the inn’s dining area, Alice’s Restaurant.

Oxenhandler said he will not confirm nor deny the presence of ghosts in the building. He said the inn is old. Its lights
flicker. Its doors and floors creak. It’s drafty. The old radiator makes clangy noises in the middle of the night.

Still, Oxenhandler said he has started to take notice of clains that ghosts haunt the inn. He has received many
reports from people who did not know each other about strange events in the inn.

Oddly, the reports are often the same. Radios and lights turn on and off, and radios switch stations.

About five people reported that the mirror in the Peak View room has floated off the wall and onto the floor.

Several guests reported seeing the ghost of Taylor walking up the front staircase.

In the East room, guests say there seems to be a cold, heavy presence.

Frequently, guests have been so frightened they asked to change rooms.

Employees have reported strange occurrences. A waiter had a glass break in his hand. Employees are often locked
in or out of rooms. One employee’s pen disappears frequently and shows up hooked in a lace curtain in the dining

“To me, the best scientific evidence is a pattern of evidence,” Oxenhandler said, “The 10th time you start to say,
“That’s just too much of a coincidence.”

Colorado Springs-Gazette, January 25th, 2004, “Ghost Story.”

Redstone Castle
58 Redstone Blvd.
Redstone, CO


Saturday, March 19, 2005
2:00 p.m.

Auction Location
The Glenwood Springs Community Center
100 Wulfsohn Road
Glenwood Springs, CO. 81601 980-384-6301


Directions to this Auction Site are: From Denver/Vail, Take 1-70 West to the West Glenwood Springs Exit #114. At Stop
Sign, turn Left onto Midland Avenue. Continie on Midland for approximately 1.5 Miles, and turn Right into the Community

Saturday, March 19
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Property Preview
March 5, 6, 10, 11, 12,
14, 18 & 19
By Appointment Only.
*Note: A letter of credit must be sent to EG&G 7723 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, Virginia 20109, Attn: Jessica or faxed to
703-361-3671 Attn: Jessica.

$100,000 cashier's check
(made payable to EG&G Tech Srvcs Inc/ USCS)

Cashier's checks made payable to the bidder's name CANNOT be accepted

Furnishings & Antiques included with the castle parcel.

A Bidders Conference will be held March 11, 2005 at the Redstone Inn, Redstone, CO. at 7:00 p.m.

The properties will be offered individually like listed above and then in any grouping or choice that the bidders prefer.  The
highest offer will then be presented to the Government for their approval. Bidders wishing to bid on multiple properties
should bring checks in increments. Checks must be cashier's checks made payable to EG&G Tech Services Inc/USCS

Download: Bidder Registration - Coming Soon!

Formerly known as
Cleveholm Manor, built in 1897 on 72 acres,
15 Bedrooms, 11 Baths, Library, Maids Room, Nursery, Coachman Quarters,
Dormitory, Walk-in Vault, Game Room, Wine Cellar, Elevator,
Armory. Frontage along the Crystal River, and More!


The properties will be offered individually like listed above and then in any grouping or choice that the bidders prefer.
The highest offer will then be presented to the Government for their approval. Bidders wishing to bid on multiple properties
should bring checks in increments. Checks must be cashier's checks made payable to EG&G Tech Services Inc/USCS


Bidder's Conference to be held on March 11th at Redstone Inn
March 19, 2005
58 Redstone Boulevard
Redstone, Colorado 81662
15 Bedrooms & 11 Baths, 2,017 sq.ft. & 72 acres

Bidder's Conference to be held on March 11th at Redstone Inn
March 19, 2005
58 Redstone Boulevard
Redstone, Colorado 81662
3 Bedrooms & 2.5 Baths, 5,000 sq.ft. & 36 acres

Bidder's Conference to be held on March 11th at Redstone Inn
March 19, 2005
58 Redstone Boulevard
Redstone, Colorado 81662
Six Outbuildings and 42 acres

Bidder's Conference to be held on March 11th at Redstone Inn
March 19, 2005
410 Redstone Boulevard
Redstone, Colorado 81662
2 Bedrooms & 3 Baths, 1,957 sq.ft. and
Total Site Area is 7,800 sq.ft.


**********Click here to read about ghosts at the Redstone**********
{and additional info}


IRS Auctions Off Colorado Castle
Redstone Castle Seized During Fraud Investigation

POSTED: 6:56 am MST February 11, 2005
UPDATED: 7:11 am MST February 11, 2005

Have $20 million? You could be the owner of a Colorado castle.
This castle could be yours -- if you could afford it.

The historic Redstone Castle on the Western slope will be auctioned off next month in an online Internal Revenue Service
auction to help recoup losses in Colorado's largest-ever fraud recovery case.  

Bidders will need a check for $100,000 just to get into the March 19 auction.

The castle was built in 1897 and features 15 bedrooms, a library, maid's room, nursery, wine cellar, elevator and even a
walk-in vault.

IRS spokesman John Harrison said it'll be the first IRS auction of its kind in Colorado.

The castle was built by steel and coal baron John Cleveland Osgood, and was later a hotel. The IRS seized the property in
2003 in connection with an investment scam that provided money for the castle purchase.

Overall, the IRS hopes to recoup about half of the $56 million taken in the scam.

The castle is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places.


NASCAR Vehicles Seized In $56 Million Fraud Case
Redstone Castle Part Of Alleged High-Yield Investment Scheme

March 16, 2004

DENVER -- Seven people -- three from Colorado --- are suspected of being involved in an international high-yield
investment scheme that defrauded more than 1,000 people of approximately $56 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office said

The Redstone Castle in Pitkin County, numerous NASCAR race vehicles in Denver and $17 million in cash were seized
during the course of the 2-and-a-half-year criminal investigation, the U.S. Attorney General said.

According to the indictment, the suspects allegedly told their victims that they would invest their money safely, promising
rates of return from 2 percent to 400 percent. They sent investors fraudulent monthly statements which falsely reflected
the earnings and growth of their invested funds and then allegedly encouraged investors to make additional investments,
defer disbursements, and refer new investors to the program, the indictment said.

The group created corporate alter egos to carry out the alleged scheme and did business as the Reserve Foundation,
Smitty's Investments, Capital Holdings, Monarch Capital Holdings and Fast Track, operating from April 1999 to April 2003.

The suspects then used that money for personal expenses, to buy assets, pay off other investors and to pay monthly
commissions to other people who recruited more investors to the fraudulent program, authorities said.

"This was a gigantic and complex fraud," said Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph. "Its only purpose was to
separate investors from their money."

Investigators said there are 200 Colorado victims who invested between $5,000 and $500,000 each. Some of these
Colorado residents took second mortgages and cashed in their IRAs to contribute, 7NEWS reported.

Some of the investors money was used to buy the Redstone Castle for $6.5 million, which was seized by the Internal
Revenue Service last March. During the course of the investigation, agents seized assets worth $24 million, including 60
bank accounts, eight NASCAR race cars, one race truck and several other race-related vehicles.

Facing 57 counts are Norman Eugene Schmidt, 68, of Denver; Jannice McLain Schmidt, 66, of Denver; Charles Franklin
Lewis, 68, of Littleton; George Beros, 36, of Shaker Heights, Ohio; George Alan Weed, 68, of Benton, Ill.; Michael Duane
Smith, 40, of Colbert, Wash.; and Peter Moss, 62, of London. Moss was indicted but was the only suspect not arrested on
Tuesday. He awaits extradition to Colorado.

The suspects face 20 years in federal prison and several million dollars in fines.

"Fraudulent high yield investment or prime bank schemes continue to ensare thousands of victims each year," said U.S.
Attorney John Suthers. "Potential investors should remember the fundamental rule of investing, 'If it sounds too good to be
true, it is.'"

The Redstone Castle, built in 1903, is a 42-room Tudor-style mansion listed on the National and State Registers of Historic
Places and is part of the Redstone National Historic District. The interior of the castle and its furnishings, 75 percent of
which are original, were crafted exclusively for John C. Osgood, who formed the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company and was
one of the richest men in America at the turn of the 20th century. It is located 45 minutes from Aspen.

Additional Resource:
Read Indictment from U.S. Attorney's Office
                        Stoiberhof Mansion


The Edward G. Stoiber house

Cheesman Park

According to P.314 of Phil Goodstein's book: The Ghosts of Denver: Capitol Hill- this glorious old mansion is rumored to
be haunted!

DENVER, CO  80218
MLS ID#: 144651
For sale for $3,700,000
9 Bed, 9 Bath
21,513 Sq. Ft.


Single Family Property, Area: DENVER SOUTHEAST, Subdivision: HUMBOLDT ISLAND\,CHEESMAN, County: DENV, Year
built: 1907, Greenbelt view, Detached home, Remodeled home, Traditional style, Tri-level, 3 car Garage, Swimming pool,
Basement, Fireplace(s), Dining room, Den

This listing is brokered by:   KENTWOOD CITY PROPERTIES LLC
Office: (303) 820-2489

Take a virtual tour :

Single Family Property
Subdivision: HUMBOLDT ISLAND\,CHEESMAN                                                         


   Cheyenne Cañon Inn Bed and Breakfast
                                                                                Colorado Springs

2030 W. Cheyenne Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Email us:
Website: www.cheyennecanoninn.com

E-mail from the innkeeper:

Yes, the Inn is reportedly haunted - there have been guests' that have reported to us some odd activity. I did actually
experience something funny - we have a great room down stairs here - there are sconces all the way around the room - I
had turned them off, went up stairs to turn the others off - came back down, and every other sconce was turned back

Built in 1921, the Inn was a fixture among the Colorado Spring's elite. If you look closely, you can still see where the
gaming tables were bolted to the fine hardwood floors.

Source: The Cheyenne Canyon Inn website.

Property Description Remarks:


Colorado Springs, CO 80906

MLS #: 525161  
Status: Active  
YearBuilt: 1921
Offered For: Sale   
Lease Rate: $0   
Prop Type: Mixed Use   
Sq Ft Total:    
Bldg Total Avail:    
Stories: 2   
Acres: 0.5762   
Lot Sq Ft: 25,100   
Zone: R-1-6000  

Salesman Name: Kevin M. Cooke  
Salesman Email: guruv1@adelphia.net  

Office Name: Partners Real Estate Company  
Office Phone: (719)578-8289  

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Yes, the Richthofen Castle is indeed haunted; according to the booklet, "Denver's Richthofen Castle" by O.J. Seiden  (1980,
Stonehenge Books/ Enkidu Press).

O.J. Seiden was a previous resident of the castle. In this book, he mentions friendly spirits in the old castle.

He and his family experienced many unexplainable events in that house. They always heard footsteps on the 2nd floor-- when
there was no one there. Their dogs refused to go up on the second floor for a day or two after the sound of footsteps was

Items also vanished and were not where they had put them. Then the object would end up in very unlikely places, sometimes
days or weeks later.

There is also a spirit in the tower. The Seiden family noticed coming home one night that there was a light on up in the tower.
But there is no electricity or lights up there. Then they thought that someone had gone up there. But-- there were absolutely
NO footprints in the snow! They went up there- and no one was there.

* The above pictures are from:  www.priddys.com/castle.htm

~~~Read the book:  Alienation of Affection
by Robert Hardaway

From Amazon.com:
Based on the true story of the sensational 1911 murder at Denver's Richthofen Castle. On trial for murdering her husband,
Gertrude Patterson, who the newspapers called "The Most Beautiful Woman in America," was fighting for her life. The district
attorney called her a vile vampire who used her beauty to enslave and destroy.

For the good people of Denver, the trial was to reveal that justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. This fascinating
and true story that electrified the nation includes acts of obsession, betrayal, murder, and even the fateful voyage of the

7020 E 12TH AVE
DENVER, CO  80220
MLS ID#: 957271
7 Bed, 7 Bath
13,200 Sq. Ft.

This listing is brokered by:  RICHTHOFEN REALTY
Office: (303) 359-6926


County: DENV

Rocky Mountain News (CO)
October 4, 1998 Section: Home Front Edition: Final Page Number: 7F

                                                               AN AMAZING OLD HAUNT.........

Lori Tobias
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer
The story, as Esther Priddy tells it, takes place in 1911.

A couple is walking past the grounds of the sprawling Richt-hofen Castle when suddenly, the wife shoots her husband. He
dies on the front lawn. She claims self-defense and is acquitted.

Two years later, she books passage on the Titanic - and goes down with the ship.

Another tale surrounding Denver's storied castle is that the sculpture of Barbarossa, which watches over the outside corner of
the west wing, sometimes grows restless. Legend has it that Barbarossa is not dead, but lies in a mountain cave waiting to
return to unite the people of Germany.

A third tale has has Baron von Richthofen - uncle of the famed World War I flying ace - walking the castle halls.

But no, says Priddy, there are no ghosts in the castle.

And who knows how the tale of Barbarossa grew. Even the murder story may prove tough to substantiate, but what fun would
a castle be if it weren't for the stories that go with it?

And soon, there will be more stories and new castle-dwellers to pass them along. The Richthofen Castle in Montclair - nearly
15,000 square feet with 35 rooms, including six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a pub and a pool room - is for sale.

Baron von Richthofen, who is said to have made his fortune in mining, built the hand-hewn limestone castle in 1877 for his
Denver-born wife, Louise Ferguson. Ferguson, however, refused to move in until the baron spruced up the grounds.

While the couple kept temporary residence in the Brown Palace, the baron brought in native birds, canaries, deer, antelope
and trees from Bear and Turkey creeks.

He built a moat and a tunnel to his stables. The baron even planned a spa with water piped down from Idaho Springs. But in
1898 at the age of 48, the baron died before he could realize his dreams.

His wife remained at the castle until 1903, when she sold it for $40,000.

Over the years, there have been proposals to make it a country club, a women's dormitory and a psychiatric hospital. In 1980,
the Junior Symphony Guild made it over for the Designer Showhome. But two years later, vandals did $35,000 damage to the

In 1984, the house went on the market for $545,000. Esther and Jerry Priddy, owners of Estate Auctions, bought it.

Ironically, they already owned much of the castle's original furnishings. In 1976, the Priddys had conducted an estate sale at
the castle after the death of John Thams Jr., who owned it in 1937-46.

``We saved a lot of it,'' says Jerry Priddy, ``always hoping we would get a big house . . . never figuring we'd get the castle. It
was fate. It was meant to be.''

By the time the Priddys bought it, however, the castle was in sad shape.

``The only thing in perfect condition (when we bought it) were the floors,'' says Esther. ``Everything else was a disaster.''

The Priddys put in a new boiler and furnace, and updated the electrical system and water heaters.

``There were so many things, little things,'' says Jerry. ``The doors wouldn't shut, the latches were gone. The fence out front,
part of it was gone. The gates were half-down . . . it took a lot of money to bring it back.''

Once they did, however, the castle became home (or second home) to three generations of Priddys: Esther and Jerry, four
children and eight grandchildren.

``It's just an incredible place,'' says Jeri Lynn Koundourakis, who was 26 when her parents bought the castle. ``We had some
of the greatest Halloween parties anyone could throw. There were decorations in every room . . . when you walked up to the
gate, the party began. Santa was there every year . . . and we had lots of Easter egg hunts.''

And now, 14 years later, the Priddys say the castle's grown too big for them.

The original parquet floors are still in intact. So is the gold and silver inlaid leather wallpaper and the woodwork. The marble
fountain, almost as large as the library inside, remains in the east courtyard. The leaded glass windows and doors are
original, as is the bronze chandelier, once gas and since electrified, that hangs over the dining room table.

``It was a happy day when we bought it,'' says Jerry. ``It will be a sad day when we sell it. I always felt it was really something to
have. I used to go home at night and sit in my recliner and wonder what he (Baron von Richthofen) used to think. He sat in
that same room. You were in another world, you really were.''

Empty, the Priddys are asking $2.7 million for the castle; furnished, $4.2 million.

Either way, the stories are free.

The details:
What: Richthofen Castle
Where: Montclair
Size: Nearly 15,000 square feet
Rooms: 35, including 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

Of note: Original leaded glass windows and doors, leather wallpaper with silver and gold inlay, parquet floors, secret
passages and hidden doors.

Richthofen castle was built by the uncle and Godfather of the famed World War I flying ace - Baron Manfred von Richthofen
(a.k.a. The Red Baron).The castle was designed after the von Richthofen castle in Germany and was completed around 1887.
I understand the castle is now up for sale. For more information, contact:

Ron Bouldin
Remax Southeast
Direct: (303) 773-6629
Mobile: (303) 521-8267


Steve Koundourakis
Richthofen Realty
(303) 771-7353
(303) 771-2927


From:   http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/richthof.htm

We only live a few blocks from the castle and recently saw an advertisement for sale - $3,000,000 - in the basement it has the
Red Baron Pub - a complete replica of a WWI pub with manikins in real uniforms from soldiers, nurses, etc.... pretty cool.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I grew up a few blocks from Richthofen Castle, and spent most of my childhood convinced it was inhabited by vampires. I
found your website while telling a friend about the castle, and was disappointed that you didn't have more information about
one of the most interesting castles in the United States.

Richthofen Castle was built by Baron Walter von Richthofen, the uncle and godfather of the famed "Red Baron." Richthofen
Castle was begun in 1883 and completed in 1887, and modeled on the original Richthofen Castle in Germany. It is located in
Montclair, a Denver neighborhood, which Baron von Richthofen promoted as "a fount of health and prosperity, and as a
model community with enlightened planning and sophisticated architecture. Located immediately around the Castle are the
Baron's mistress' house and his sanitarium/dairy.

In 1910 it was extensively remodeled by Edwin Hendrie who had purchased it to be his home, and his "modernization"
destroyed some of the castle aesthetic, but much remains. J.J.B. Benedict designed the south wing in 1924. The 35-room
castle features an oak-panelled entry hall, hand-tooled leather walls, and parquet-floored music room that seats 150. The
gatehouse to the east has been converted to a separate residence. At this website, you can find various outside view of the
Castle before and after it's remodeling. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/codhtml/hawpSubjects286.html .

Most interestingly, in 1911, Richthofen Castle was the site of one of the most sensational murders in Denver history, of
Charles Patterson by his wife, Gertrude. Charles Patterson was shot twice in the back by his wife Gertrude, who claimed
self-defense, that he had beaten her. More about this can be found here: http://www.dvmen.org/dv-141.htm Recently, a law
professor at Denver University, Robert Hardaway, wrote an account of the case in his book, entitled "Alienation of Affection".

Richthofen Castle is located at 7020 E. 12th Ave. Denver, CO. I read somewhere that it was occasionally open to the public,
but I remember there being an extremely sturdy fence and guard dogs, as well as "No Trespassing" signs, so I tend to doubt
the veracity of that report. Since it is now located inside the city, it is possible to get glipses of it driving past, but the fence and
vegetation can obscure the view.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I saw an advertisement for Richthofen Castle for sale for $3 million. I didn't know it was in Denver, but was very interesting in
seeing it after I discovered it existed so close to where I live. I used your website to establish the address and I ventured over
today to take some pictures. I'm not finished, but I put a few pictures up on a website. I'll add more later. Here's the website
address. Maybe you can include it on you Castle Finder website for the Richthofen Castle.

There is what seems to be a full scale version of the WWI flying Ace, Baron von Richthofen's, Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane, in
German Red complete with Iron Cross markings, sitting in the front yard (got two nice pictures of that with the castle in the
background). The castle grounds are walled and entry barred by gates, stone walls, fenced hedges, and in some places
barbed wire. Pictures in winter make it look ominous - definitely German!

315 E Carr Ave.
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Owners:  Rick & Janice Wood

E-Mail: Packy578@concentric.net

Asking Price: Reduced to $825,000.00
Contact Name:  Don Wood, Broker Associate  
Contact Number:  1-800-748-2242
Contact E-mail:  don@timberlinerealtyinc.com

Description: Cripple Creek's Largest Traditional Bed & Breakfast. At only 1/2 block from the Gaming Area and Attractions, plus 6 offstreet
parking spaces, Guests are within walking distance of most activities. 1898 Brownstone was the first Colorado home of famous Astrologer
"Linda Goodman" author of "Love Signs". "Star Signs", "Sun Signs", and many other books. Six guest bedrooms with private attached baths,
several common areas including a separate TV room, Gift Shop, Parlor with wood burning stove and two Dinning areas. Fabulous Mountain
views and City views.

Large Deck areas with Southern exposure, and several yard and garden areas. Rooms have King, Queen and Full sized beds, some with
gas fireplaces, and one with a two person Jacuzzi® in the bath. Private Innkeepers quarters are in the house but can be totally locked off
from guest areas for more privacy. Innkeepers area includes a large Kitchen, Living room, Office, basement storage. Private area has two
bedrooms and full baths including a 20x21 Master Bedroom suite. Mountain and City views from the Private deck and the Master bedroom
along with the Living room. Private yard area includes a hot-tub, gardens, storage shed and dog pen. Large oversized two car garage with
shop space and additional 5 parking spaces off back Alley.
The Last Dollar Inn
Cripple Creek
Sold in @ 2008
The Edwards House
Fort Collins
The Hearthstone Inn
Colorado Springs
The Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast Inn
2147-51 Tremont Place
Denver, Colorado 80205

Tel. 303.296.6666
Tel. 800.432.4667 (USA/Canada)
Fax. 303.296-2151
E-Mail. travel@queenannebnb.com


Offered at $1,500,000.00

Step back in time with a visit to the historic Victorian home of the Queen Anne Inn designed by one of Denver's best
known architects, Frank Edbrooke.

The inn's main historic Victorian was built for Edwin Pierce, Augusta Pierce Tabor's brother who was at that time secretary
to Lieutenant Governor Horace Tabor.  His was the second house on the bluff "way out east" of the South Platte River and
Larimer St.  The historic section later to take the name of Alfred Clements for whom it was platted in 1864. Only a
two-square block area of the much larger original Clements project remains but now borders downtown, just two blocks
from Broadway, five from the Pedestrian Mall, five from the Capitol,  and the Brown Palace Hotel.  The inn faces quiet
Benedict Fountain Park.

Originally 10 quest rooms when the inn opened in 1897 in the Pierce-Tabor House, the Queen Anne was expanded into
the adjacent DeWitt Roberts' Victorian built in 1886, and has a total of 14 rooms, including four suites.  All rooms have
private baths, period furnishings, chamber music, fresh flowers, growing plants, writing desks, phones with modem-ready
jacks.  Airport shuttles drop off guests and horse-drawn carriages pick up guests at the front door for a romantic ride to
downtown restaurants.

The Inn has many honors, including Top Ten B&Bs in the Nation; 12 Most Romantic; Best Places to Stay in the Rockies;
Recommended Country Inns - Rocky Mountains; Best of Denver.  It has 3-diamond / 3-star ratings from major auto clubs.


Facing a quiet park, the inn's two story side-by-side Victorians (1879/1886) borders downtown on the East Side, thus
makes an easy walk to museums, restaurants, shops & business center. Because of the inn's downtown location and
comfortable atmosphere, half the inn's guests are business travelers and half are vacationers representing every state
and 22 nations.

Among the inn's 36 honors:
Best 10 B&Bs in the nation
Ten most romantic
20 of the Best Inns in the Rockies
Best of Denver


Number of Guest Rooms: 14
Number of Guest Room Baths: 14
Property Status:
Currently is a B&B
Owners' Quarters: No

Years run as B&B: 16
Restaurant: No
Natl. Register of Historic Places: No

Tom King- Innkeeper
2147-51 Tremont Place
Denver, Colorado 80205

Email - travel@queenannebnb.com
(303) 296-6666 - Phone #
(800) 432-4667 (USA/Canada) - Toll Free #
(303) 296-2151 - Fax #


                     Ghosts of the Queen Anne

Halloween is long past, but someone forgot to tell the ghosts at Denver's Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast Inn. Although
father and sons innkeeping trio - Tom, Chris and Dave King - insist they have yet to personally experience any ghostly
visits, this luxurious, award-winning B&B reportedly has had some intriguing encounters with friendly, but mischievous,

Built in 1879 for Edwin Pierce, the brother of Augusta Pierce Tabor, the first wife of wealthy Colorado silver magnate, H. A.
W. Tabor, the inn consists of two, side-by- side Victorians set amid a row of lovely old houses in the Downtown Clements
Historic District.

The Kings, having heard whispered accounts of ghostly happenings, decided to invite two well-respected mediums, Ron
Wills and Charles Cox, from the Colorado Psychic Center, to check out the house and report their findings at a meeting of
the Augusta Pierce Tabor Remembrance Society, held annually at the inn.

According to Wills and Cox, the house is rife with fascinating spiritual energy. They found a substantial amount of positive
activity in the Fountain Room on the second floor, but said the strongest force originates from the third level hallway and
Rooftop Room. Here, former residents Rob and Janet Bendixon, who lived in the house for 15 years before it became an
inn, often looked on in amazement as the ceiling light repeatedly turned itself on and off in the wee hours of the morning.

This same phenomenon astonished recent guests staying in this chamber, as well. And the securely latched closet door
continues to open on its own when no one is watching, just as it did during the Bendixons' residency.

Linda Sheppard, a business executive and frequent guest, says she was awakened at 3 a.m. by heavy footsteps stomping
past her room and down the stairs from the third floor to the front door. At the same time, she heard a small child's voice
call, "Daddy, daddy.'' The next morning, she learned she had been the only guest on the third level the night before, and
there had been no children staying at the inn.

Stomping sounds were a common occurrence during the middle of the night when the Bendixons lived in the house,
according to Janet. In addition, she clearly recalls seeing a woman with long hair tied back with a ribbon looking in at her
through the bedroom window as she lay in bed in what is now the Fountain Room.

She says she remembers it as a comforting apparition, one she felt could even have been her guardian angel. Another
time, her young son saw a figure dressed in a black coat and hat watching over his mother as she slept. The lad left briefly
but returned out of concern for his mother, only to find the image had vanished.

Tales of spirits inhabiting old houses always seem to captivate the imagination. And, when properties such as the Queen
Anne Bed & Breakfast Inn feature warm hospitality, outstanding breakfasts and the amenities of a fine hotel, who can
blame an uninvited ghostly guest or two for wanting to linger there?

Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast Inn, 2147 Tremont Place, Denver 80205, 296-6666. Rates are $75$175, per couple.
Includes full breakfast and afternoon refreshments.

Story by Doris Kennedy/ The Denver Post
     Redstone Castle          
     Sold on March 19th, 2005 for $4 million at IRS Auction.
        It is now open to the public for tours.
         Richthofen Castle