Cripple Creek in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
“The Old Homestead House” of Myers Avenue
The location of “The Old Homestead”, only remaining memorable parlor house, also known as a “Whore” House, on this street which was once crowned with pleasures of every type, patronized by men from the lowliest miner to the most respectable business man.
“The Old Homestead”, was built by Miss Isabel Martin in 1896, a fact verified by handwritings still legible on the end of a sliding door.
That “The Old Homestead” was a most elegant establishment can be determined through the Cripple Creek City Directory, which lists a cook, housekeeper, two chamber maids, two butlers and a musician as employees. The last known “Madam” of this house was Hazel Vernon who presided over the “Business” from
The long row of small buildings on the alley west of the “The Old Homestead” are all that remain of the “Cribs” which once operated in the area. These were independent establishments for a lone woman, (these buildings have since been torn down).
Directly across the street from “The Old Homestead” was Crapper Jack’s Saloon and Gambling House. The old foundations to the west of the power line are those of the Grand Opera House, where it is reported the first indoor rodeo in the United States was held. Several variety theatres flourished in the block. Other businesses located in this area including the Colorado Liquor House, John Roth Saloon, Abbey Saloon, Imperial Dance Hall and Saloon, Bijou and Tivoli Saloons, Red Light Dance Hall, the Manhattan Restaurant and a large Gospel Hall.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 375 East Myers Avenue, Cripple Creek CO 80813, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Homestead Parlour House (a few steps from this marker); Fairley Bros. & Lampman Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victor City Hall (approx. 3 miles away); Welcome to Victor Colorado (approx. 3 miles away); Labor Wars (approx. 3.1 miles away); North 4th Street (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Bawdy Side of Town (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fire! (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cripple Creek.
Also see . . .
1. The madam of Cripple Creek - Teller County News. (Submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. The Old Homestead Cripple Creek - Community Photo Gallery. (Submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 673 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.