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Victor in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

North 3rd Street

 
 
North 3rd Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
1. North 3rd Street Marker
Photos: top left, North 3rd St. showing the Baltimore Hotel (left) and adjacent buildings; upper right, a band plays at the corner of Victor Avenue and 3rd St. in front of the Post Office Block; right, the Monarch Block pre- and post-fire.
Inscription. On this corner, an electric street car (the Low Line) turned off Victor Avenue onto N 3rd Street to continue its trip to the Independence Mine and around Battle Mountain. In the early 1900s, the miners commuted to work via these streetcars for a nickel.

Baltimore Hotel
Formerly at 111 N 3rd Street
Up North 3rd Street from the Monarch was the Baltimore Hotel – the largest hotel in Victor in 1911. It was three stories high and had 50 large rooms for rent.

The Baltimoreís management decorated their establishment with comfortable, home-like furniture. There was a dining hall for guests, a special commercial dining room, and the German Beer Hall. Charles Bosick and John Bindscaedler ran the German Beer Hall. It was located on the first floor of the hotel. The menu was long and exotic. There were domestic and Key West cigars, imported wines like Niersteiner for $1.50 a bottle, and cheese from all over the world. Lord Kitchner Sardines from Norway cost 20 cents a plate. Prime Russian Caviar was 40 cents a serving. Old Taylor, Old Crow, and Canadian Club – all whiskies – sold for 15 cents a drink. Three Star Hennessy Brandy cost 25 cents for two drinks. Coors Hof Brau, Schlitz Special Brew, Budweiser Blue Ribbon, Spatan Brau, Bass Ale and Guiness Stout were between 15 and 35 cents a bottle. The German

The restored Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
2. The restored Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company Building
Beer Hall catered to professional men. Its owners felt the “dingy” barroom was a thing of the past.

Post Office Block/CC and V Mine Offices
After the great fire of 1899, D.H. Moffat was instrumental in having the Post Office Block rebuilt – primarily because it housed the Bank of Victor. From this seat of financial power, reached through the recessed corner entrance, Moffat and partner John T. Milliken helped topple the Woods family empire and then bought up the under-financed pieces. A.E. Carlton eventually became owner of this bank.

In 1900, the Post Office and a newsstand occupied the space that most recently housed a sporting goods store. Shillings Dry Goods Company was in the section of the building where the current Post Office and grocery store are located. In later years, J.C. Pennyís was located in this part of the building. On the second story were the offices rented to H.T. Corbin (justice of peace), Charles D, Gurney (attorney), John V. Ducey (dentist), and J. Wallace Collins (physician and surgeon). At a later date, one of these offices was occupied by Dr. Harry Thomas, father of Lowell Thomas.

The Cripple Creek and Victor Mining Company (CC&V) completed an extensive renovation project on the building on 1997. The first floor bank area and all the second floor serve as the administration offices of CC&V.

Monarch Saloon
In

The restored Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
3. The restored Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company Building
1900, the lavishly decorated Monarch Saloon was located in the large gallery area of this building – the interior still has the original hand-painted tin ceiling. Whiskey was sold in bottles embossed with the proprietorís name, W.S. Sexton. The Monarch catered to “high class” clientele with private clubrooms and a large gambling hall on the second floor. Bartenders at the Monarch included M. J. Sweeney in 1896, C.F. Kissel and Sam Red Fern in 1900. Other Victor Avenue storefronts in the Monarch Block house Small Jewelers and Simonton Insurance/Real Estate. On the 3rd Street side of the building was a mining stockbroker in the storefront.

Note the square parapet on the southeast corner showing the construction date of 1899 and the decorative scroll-like modillions [sic] attached to the cornice. The second story windows have fixed decorative transoms with beveled-leaded glass.

Photos Courtesy Colorado Historical Society, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
 
Location. 38° 42.598′ N, 105° 8.401′ W. Marker is in Victor, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker is at the intersection of South 3rd Street and Victor Avenue on South 3rd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South 3rd Street, Victor CO 80860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance

The Monarch Saloon, on right image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
4. The Monarch Saloon, on right
of this marker. Lowell Thomasís Victor (a few steps from this marker); Fire! (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bawdy Side of Town (within shouting distance of this marker); East Victor Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); North 4th Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Labor Wars (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Victor Colorado (about 600 feet away); Victor City Hall (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Victor.
 
Additional keywords. saloons, hotels, post office
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Monarch Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
5. The Monarch Saloon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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