125 Years of Legendary Hospitality
In 1893, Hotel Colorado arrived on the scene during a thrilling time in the history of America’s West. With its European fashioned spa, the resort surfaced onto a land of prosperity; to serve the wealthy, to house the ailing, to offer a playground to society’s elite. The Hotel Colorado’s originator, Walter Devereux spared no expense in the creation of the “Grande Dame.” The south court, the current courtyard, had a large pool in its center from which an electrically lit fountain shot a jet of water 185 feet high into the air, making an iridescent rainbow spray against the sunlight.
Situated in the existing lounge, a sheet of water twelve-feet broad dropped in a waterfall a distance of twenty-five feet from the rear-wall rim to a pool beneath. Guests could sit beside the pool in the early morning catching trout enough for their breakfast.
Fountains of Enchantment
The History of Hotel Colorado is a magical journey through time, From the late 1800s to the new millennium, the timeless secrets of a rich century are unlocked within the pages of this beautifully illustrated, hard cover book. Presidents, silver barons, debutantes, society’s elite, movie stars and romantics have graced this Grand Dame’s hallways each leaving an indelible footprint for us to forever remember. What began as a simple historical record became a five-year labor of research, writing, and love. Each upturned stone opened the door to ten additional enduring pieces of heritage. These pages capture the highlights. Let the splendor of Hotel Colorado’s history, legends, and images take you to places you may have never been… Fountains of Enchantment. Purchase this book at Legends in the Hotel Colorado.
William Howard Taft
Many presidents have visited the Hotel Colorado. On September 23, 1909, President William Howard Taft arrived in his private train car. He was presented with wild raspberries and mountain trout for breakfast and shown the vapor baths and pool. A parade of carriages carried Taft and his party to Hotel Colorado. When offered exclusive use of the Hot Springs pool, he declined saying, “I’ve found it’s much better for a man of my size not to bathe in public.” After being presented with raspberries and mountain trout for breakfast, he spoke to 700 people from the Hotel’s “Roosevelt” balcony.
President Theodore Roosevelt
In 1905, Hotel Colorado became the temporary home for the President of the United States and his assistants during a three-week bear hunting expedition. Already a fan of the state of Colorado, Roosevelt stayed at the Hotel Colorado on multiple occasions. On a three-week trip in January 1901, the Vice-President hunted mountain lion on the Keystone Ranch near Meeker. It was reported by his guide that Colonel Roosevelt hung over a cliff to shoot a wounded lion between the eyes. Roosevelt’s first trip to Glenwood Springs delighted him so much that he returned year after year. According to legend, the world’s most irresistible toy, the teddy bear, received its birth at Hotel Colorado. To cheer Theodore Roosevelt after an unsuccessful day of hunting, Hotel Colorado maids presented him with a stuffed bear pieced together with scraps of fine material. Later, when he did bag a bear, his daughter Alyce admired it saying, “I will call it Teddy.” The term caught on and became the name for the world’s most popular toy, the Teddy Bear. We invite you to join us in Legends Trading Company to see the latest Teddy Bear collectibles.
Legends of Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Glenwood Springs, Colorado’s most famous resident, Doc Holliday left behind a legacy of history and a few mysteries.
Learn all about Wild West icon, Doc Holliday in Glenwood Springs, the final resting place of the sharp-shooting dentist, but bring your sleuthing skills because we still have a few unsolved mysteries.
John Henry Holliday, better known as Doc Holliday is a Western legend famous for his part in the gunfight at the OK Corral that left three members of the Cowboys cattle-rustling gang dead.
Because of his legal troubles in Arizona and an advanced case of tuberculosis, Doc knew he was a “dead man walking” with neither the time nor the inclination to stick around for a trial; instead he fled to Colorado.
With the clock ticking, Doc headed to Glenwood Springs, a place renowned for its healing hot springs. In 1887, he settled into a room at the Hotel Glenwood Springs at the corner of Grand Ave. and 8th St., where the new Doc Holliday Museum is now located.
With his health worsening, he was unable to earn a living. He died on Nov. 8, 1887, at the age of 36, destitute. As he lay dying he is reported to have asked for a shot of whiskey. Doc fully expected to die in gunfight, but finding himself at death’s door in a bed instead, he appreciated the irony of his situation and uttered his last words: “This is funny.”
Information courtesy of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. Link here for complete article.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Rising quickly to wealth as a result of her husband’s abundant gold strike, Molly Brown visited the Hotel Colorado to enjoy one of society’s favorite playgrounds. Today, one of the Hotel’s Tower Suites has been transformed into a living tribute to this dynamic woman of history. The Molly Brown Suite is magnificently appointed with family photos, memorabilia, and period furnishings.
Diamond Jack Alterie
During the roaring ’20s, Hotel Colorado became an attractive playground for Chicago gangsters such as the Verain Brothers, Bert and Jack (alias Diamond Jack Alterie). Armed in gun belts, Diamond Jack Alterie wore flashy diamonds in rings, shirt studs, watches, and belt buckles. Cloaked in bodyguards, these big spenders arrived at the Hotel Colorado via large Lincoln convertibles.