“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Hotel Glenwood

The Hotel Glenwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. The Hotel Glenwood Marker
Inscription. The original building at this site was built in 1883 and was called the Hotel Colorado. It was quickly found too small for its needs and plans were made to replace it.

In 1884, Isaac Cooper, William Gelder, and Joseph Enzensperger made plans to erect a building in keeping with the elegance of the times. A brick, 3 story, 75 room hotel was built in sections over several years and completed in 1887 at a final cost of $150,000. It had elevators to whisk guests between floors, a restaurant and retail spaces. It boasted a fire alarm system, securing safety for its patrons. The hotel was now named the Hotel Glenwood.

The most famous of those patrons were: H.A.W. Tabor and his young wife Baby Doe, and 'Doc' Holliday, one of the West's most infamous gunfighters, who came to Glenwood to spend his last days - he died here, in bed, on November 8, 1887.

On December 14, 1945 after 50 years of serving its guests the Hotel Glenwood succumbed to a fire that was unmatched in Glenwood Springs' history, and claimed the lives of at least 4 people.

Grant E. Bullock rebuilt this corner on December 29, 1949. His family operated their family department store on this site until the middle 1990's. Mr. Bullock sold the building to Cameron Calder, who remodeled the building to the current structure with the clock tower.
Erected by the Frontier Historical Society and the City of Glenwood Springs.
Location. 39° 32.814′ N, 107° 19.474′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is on Grand Avenue (Colorado Route 82) north of 8th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The First National Bank Building" (within shouting distance of this marker); Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (within shouting distance of this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (within shouting distance of this marker); When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (within shouting distance of this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (within shouting distance of this marker); Water for Glenwood Springs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
Also see . . .  Disasters - Glenwood Springs Hotel Fire, December 1945. (Submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. DisastersIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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