Leadville- 1882- Harrison Avenue
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Leadville is North America's highest incorporated city at 10,430 feet.  It is also one of Colorado’s largest historic districts.
Located within easy driving distance from Denver and Colorado Springs, along the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway, Leadville is a
legendary frontier mining town with seventy square blocks of Victorian architecture, an adjacent 20 square miles of mining district, and history galore.

Men's Journal named Leadville one of the nation's top 20 "Dream Towns in America" and then, the Denver Post labeled us "the last best place", and
Runner's World listed us as a "Trailway to Heaven."

                                                     Video: Hotel Hosts Friendly Ghosts

                                                            The historic Delaware Hotel


                                  NEW!      Judge Reynolds Annual Halloween Events!


                                                         MURDER MAYHEM ALLEY TOUR!

                                                                                        Friday, October 28, 2011

Join Judge Neil Reynolds for a guided tour of Leadville's historic alley ways. The tour begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Space is limited,
so reserve your tickets today at 888-532-3845.

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                                                 JUDGE REYNOLDS CEMETERY TOUR!

                                                                                   Saturday, October 29, 2011

Judge Neil Reynolds hosts a guided, narrated tour of Leadville's historic Evergreen Cemetery. The tour begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Tickets are $10 per person. This is a popular event each year, call 888-532-3845 today to reserve your tickets.


                                                                     Murder Mysteries at The Delaware Hotel!

"Murder on The Leadville Express"

"Phantom of the Opera (House)"

"Billiards & Bad Guys"

These are just a few of our weekend events. Use our storyline, or we'll build one to suit your group! Minimum 35 people. All mysteries are designed
and booked in advance. Some restrictions apply.

Call 1-800-748-2004

Delaware Hotel
700 Harrison Avenue
Leadville, CO 80461



                                                   It's the witching hour. . .

Leadville Herald article from 10/27/2005

by Marcia Martinek
Herald Editor

Any town with Leadville's history should have at least a few ghosts to liven things up on Halloween.

One of the many ghost stories here took place in 1886 in the building located at 114 W. 6th St. Monte Hernandez, property manager at the Tabor
Opera House, then rented the house. He, his wife and baby lived in front, and he rented the back to two other Tabor employees.

On March 18, after he returned home, he left the house briefly and then heard his wife scream. She said that there was a man in the house with a
black beard and wearing a long, black coat and hat. He had been standing by the stove.

The two boarders came in, and suddenly she screamed again, saying the same man was standing by the bed.

The three men went outside and were joined by two other men they knew. Suddenly they heard a shot from inside the house. Yet, Mrs. Hernandez
had not shot her gun.

The five men went outside again and saw a man with dark clothes come into view. They covered him with their guns.

" What's the matter?" he asked. Then he walked away from them to the middle of the street where he suddenly vanished from view.

(From accounts in the Herald Democrat, March 1886.)

Are there ghosts at the Herald Democrat? If not, there should be. The building that has housed the newspaper for the past 82 years at 717 Harrison
Ave. was originally built in 1895 as a mortuary.

Chris McGinnis, former editor, isn't a believer in the supernatural, but frequently, late at night, she would hear steps coming up from the basement,
followed by a loud crash. When she looked, no one was there.

McGinnis would always turn off the lights when she left, but the editor would always find the lights on in the morning.

Frustrated, she decided one night to not only turn off the lights but to loosen all the fuses.

The next morning, once again, the editor found that all the lights were on.


Mary McVicar, owner with her husband of Bonanza Trading Co. and Doc Holliday's of Leadville, claims no fewer than five ghosts.

The ghosts include two children, a brother and sister, believed to be the children of the madam who once ran the brothel upstairs at 314 Harrison

McVicar said the children died in a fire. She has seen them frequently in the Bonanza Trading Co. playing with the toys.

The little girl has played with a large doll house McVicar built for her and kept in the back room of the business. Although the house was enclosed in
glass, the little girl managed to rearrange the furniture, McVicar said.

                                                                       ...........The haunted Delaware Hotel

The Delaware Hotel is said to have a number of spirits, but Mary Coffey may be one of the better known ones.

Mary and Jerry Coffey apparently had a tumultuous marriage. Matters came to a head on Monday, Nov. 3, 1899, when Jerry Coffey shot his wife in
the back twice, fatally wounding her and causing paralysis from the waist down.

She died three days later. The couple was in the Delaware Hotel, then known as the Delaware block.  " She harassed the life out of me," Coffey said
when taken to jail.

In her dying declaration, given to Justice Al Lynch, Mary Coffey said she and her husband were both in the room around 7 a.m. when he jumped up,
grabbed at her and, when she ran for the door, caught her by the throat and said, "I'll fix you now." He then fired his gun twice. One shot in the spine
paralyzed her from the waist down.

An inquest was held with the jury finding that Mary Coffey came to death at the hands of her husband and that the shooting was felonious and
without cause.

Today Mary Coffey allegedly appears at the Delaware as a women in white, but only from the waist up.

(Taken from accounts in the Herald Democrat, Nov. 3-9, 1889.)

The 119-year-old Tabor Grand is one of the most impressive buildings on Harrison Avenue, so it's no wonder that some of
its former residents still want to maintain occupancy.

Terrence McNicholas, Tabor Grand manager, said he has seen no ghosts himself, but he has heard many tales from
his tenants.

His first-floor tenants, who have offices and commercial establishments, often talk of seeing specific ghosts, a young boy and girl about six or seven
years old, who are frequently playing in the ladies' room.

Tenants also say they arrive in the mornings and find things rearranged.

One apartment tenant reported to McNicholas that he came into a room and saw his young grandson talking to someone ­ someone who wasn't
there. The boy was playing with trucks, and his grandfather saw one of the trucks moving
toward the boy on its own.

The boy said he was playing with his friends, a boy and girl who, he said, lived in the building.


                                                                                               More Delaware Hotel photos:

                                                                Creepy hallway in the Delaware Hotel with a mannequin sitting on the couch.

   It almost feels like someone is there ~ watching you!

                                                                                    A long, dark, and very eerie stairwell......

The photos of the Delaware Hotel were taken by HauntedColorado.net.
All rights reserved, please.

A beautiful hotel room at the historic Delaware                                                                 A creepy old-fashioned baby carriage in the hallway

.....Can't you just hear the baby crying in it who used to sit      
                                                                                                                                               in there from @ 100 years ago.....?

                                                               Baby Doe Tabor Museum/ Cabin - Matchless Mine


Cheryl Lloyd, caretaker of the Matchless Mine, said visitors frequently inquire whether Baby Doe Tabor continues to guard the source of her
husband's wealth.

"Baby Doe loved this place," Lloyd said. "She is going to stay here watching over the Matchless Mine."

Said to have been named after a chewing tobacco label left near the site, the Matchless took on a new meaning when an 1880 silver strike brought
Horace Tabor unfathomable riches. In 1893, the bottom dropped out of the silver market, and the Tabors' luck vanished as quickly as it came.
Horace Tabor died penniless six years later, and legend tells that his dying words to Baby Doe were to hold on to the Matchless because it would
yield wealth again.

Whether this is true, Baby Doe moved to a shack on the property. She lined the walls with newspaper for insulation and traded worthless rocks with
charitable townspeople for food. She died in the shack at the age of 81 - her frozen body was discovered in early March 1935 - either from exposure
or heart attack, or both.

But Baby Doe makes sure people know she still is here, Lloyd said. The shack now is a small museum to the Silver Queen's life.

For a while, old photos of Baby Doe and Horace Tabor's first wife, Augusta, were placed side by side, but every morning Lloyd would walk in to find
them askew. Visitors have sent Lloyd snapshots taken in the cabin with mysterious waves, lights and reflections.

Three or four times, men tried to sit in a rocking chair in the shack but immediately jumped up with the feeling that someone was sitting in the chair.
Lloyd finally placed a sign on the chair that reads, "Please don't sit on me." Lights go off and on unpredictably, even after Lloyd tried unscrewing a
light bulb.

"It's not an everyday thing, but when she wants to mess with you, she messes with you," Lloyd said.

And it's not just Baby Doe. Many men died in the bowels of the mine, and they make their presence known as well.

"Various things give you the idea they are here," Lloyd said. In the middle of the night, she and her husband, who live on the premises, hear the
sounds of bells and metal on rock coming from the mine, and sometimes a steam engine firing up.

Source: The Rocky Mountain News
By Carol Kauder, Special To The News
October 25, 2003


The Matchless Mine symbolizes the incredible wealth and good fortune of Leadville’s early mining days and the lonely seclusion of those who waited
for the good times to return. The one-room shack contains Baby Doe’s meager belongings and the last known photographs of her.

Baby Doe returned here to live after the loss of their fortunes and the death of H.A.W. Tabor. As the years passed and she had no income, Baby
Doe would wrap her feet in gunny sacks, and when sick doctor herself with turpentine and lard. Through the kindness of her Leadville neighbors she
was supplied with the bare necessities of life.

The end came during a severe blizzard in February, 1935. It was several days before neighbors realized there was no smoke coming from the stack
of her cabin, and they then discovered her frozen body in the cabin. It was a sad end to one of the richest persons in the US in the 1880s to a
paupers death in 1935.

The Matchless Mine & Museum
1¼ miles east on East 7th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461

(719) 486-4918

Closed in winter except for tours, call for hours





                                                                 PAST EVENTS:

A Rare and Unique Presentation at the Delaware Hotel

Learn about Victorian mourning and funeral practices when The Delaware Hotel presents, Fade To Black, September 10, 2011, 7pm, in The
Delaware Hotel lobby.

"A Perfect Era" will speak on Victorian practices including superstitions, hair work and mourning jewelry, morning clothing, post mortem photography,
life masks, food and its custom in death, and much more. The hotel lobby will showcase a complete museum-type display. Tickets are $10. Seating is
limited. For reservations, please call 800-748-2004. The presentation is informational and appropriate for all ages.

Packages available:

Ghosts of Leadville's Irish Miners

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Explore Leadville's Irish section and hear tales about the lives of the town's Irish miners with CU-Denver professor Jim Walsh. Visit St. Mary's school,
St. Vincent hospital, and the sites of the miners' strikes. The tour will conclude at the Evergreen cemetery, where many of the Irish miners and their
families are buried. The tour will conclude prior to the St. Patrick's Day practice parade.

Meet: Annunciation Church, 609 Poplar, Leadville -
Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers -
Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 303/866-4686.
Sponsored by the Colorado Historical Society. ;programs@chs.state.co.us


History can be Haunting event at the Tabor Opera House ~ 2008

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

7:00 PM Sharp

Admission $10.00

Meet spirits from the past, but wear warm clothes.... it can be a chilly experience at the Historic Tabor Opera House Leadville!

History Can Be Haunting Tour:  Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.taboroperahouse.net

Dare to step back in time and meet spirits from years gone by. Step over the threshold of the Historic Tabor Opera House.....the same threshold that
was crossed by the Tabor's, Ulysses S. Grant, Houdini, Thurston the Great, Anna Held, and John Phillip Sousa to name a few. You will be
surrounded by your Heritage as you partake in this historical tour which begins with our tour film and proceeds up into the auditorium where Mrs.
Tammy Taber will share unexplainable happenings she has experienced while working here over the years.The spirits that roam here are not evil,
just mischievous and desiring to speak of the exciting past. This experience should take about 45 minutes to an hour. Join us for a Haunting,
Historical experience in Leadville!

The Historical Tabor Opera House

Sharon and Bill Bland
c/o 815 Harrison Ave.
Leadville, CO 80461

303-550-1049 - Sharon Cell

Tour a REAL Haunted House       

Saturday and Sunday, October 30th & 31st, 2004
6-10 p.m.

$3, admission benefits Full Circle youth organization

**********Click HERE for the story!

118 W. 7th Street in Leadville (Haunted house takes you through the barn that is supposedly haunted by Mr. H)

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