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

The Jackson Hotel

The Jackson Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
June 16, 2010
1. The Jackson Hotel Marker
Inscription.  The Jackson Hotel was built in 1878 by Henry A. Jackson who left his home in Kentucky looking for a place where his family could escape the turmoil of post-Civil War reconstruction. A former Memphis steamboat captain, Jackson found himself high and dry in the Rocky Mountains. Settling in Poncha Springs, which he called his "Garden of Eden," Jackson decided to open a hotel that would house his family as well as provide a living. 

This roadhouse was a very welcome site for many weary travelers as they crossed the Rockies by stagecoach and horseback. Such guests have included, Frank and Jesse James, President Ulysses S Grant, William (Billy the Kid) Bonney, Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Rudyard Kipling, and Horace and Baby Doe Tabor. 

The Jackson Hotel has lived an incredible history. A testament to the legendary heros of the American West, its stories, passed down from generation to generation, keep the spirit of this grand hotel alive. 
Erected 2002 by Al Packer Chapter 100 E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers
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. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Jesse James series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 22, 1878.
Location. 38° 30.754′ N, 106° 4.621′ W. Marker is in Poncha Springs, Colorado, in Chaffee County. Marker is on U.S. 285, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6340 HWY 285, Poncha Springs CO 81242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chaffee County Honor Roll Board (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Salida Steam Plant (approx. 4.9 miles away); Finding Our Roots / New Faces Along the River / Pike Explores the Valley (approx. 5½ miles away); Christmas 1806 (approx. 5½ miles away); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (approx. 10.6 miles away); Peaks to Pastures (approx. 13.8 miles away); Valley Ranching (approx. 13.8 miles away); Whose Water Is It? (approx. 13.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 72 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. Photo   1. submitted on June 28, 2017. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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