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Georgetown in Clear Creek County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hamill House Museum

 
 
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By Sharon Rossino, September 3, 2013
1. Hamill House Museum Marker
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Georgetown-Silver Plume
National Historic Landmark District

Hamill House
1867/1879

The Hamill House represents the height of prosperity achieved during Georgetown's mining era. The centerpiece of Historic Georgetown's properties, this museum provides an understanding of the lifestyle and culture of a wealthy Georgetown family. Joseph Watson built the original elegant cottage in 1867, and his brother-in-law, Englishman William A. Hamill, later purchased it. Hamill made his fortune primarily from his extensive mining interests, including the profitable Pelican-Dives and Terrible mining properties near Silver Plume. Starting in 1879, he remodeled and greatly enlarged the house.

Members of the family lived in the house until 1914. Afterward, the house served as a lodge, a boarding house, and a museum, before Historic Georgetown bought it in 1971.
 
Erected 2007 by Historic Georgetown, Inc. & Town of Georgetown.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
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By Sharon Rossino, September 3, 2013
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39° 42.291′ N, 105° 41.924′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Colorado, in Clear Creek County. Marker is on Argentine Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Argentine Street, Georgetown CO 80444, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornish House, 1892 (within shouting distance of this marker); Teal Building, 1875 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Jail (about 500 feet away); McMurdy-Snetzer Building, 1869 (about 700 feet away); Forbes Building, ca. 1869 (about 700 feet away); The Story of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels (approx. 0.7 miles away); Argentine Central Railway (approx. 1˝ miles away); Berthoud Pass (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Georgetown at the Hamill House. (Submitted on September 3, 2013, by Sharon Rossino of Georgetown, Colorado.)
 
Additional keywords. Western American History, mining, railroads, house museum
 
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By Sharon Rossino, circa 2011
3. Hamill House Museum Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2013, by Sharon Rossino of Georgetown, Colorado. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on October 23, 2013, by Matt Taylor of Idaho Springs, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2013, by Sharon Rossino of Georgetown, Colorado. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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