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Peck House

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1860s. 83 Sunny Ave. (NR)
  • Peck House

James Peck arrived in Empire in 1862, struck it rich with the Pay Dirt Mine, and built the home now celebrated as Colorado's oldest operating inn. The two-story clapboard hotel with its full-length front veranda overlooks the town of Empire from a splendid hillside site. The original four-room house (now the reception, bar, and kitchen area) is a front-gabled structure on the west side of the current hotel. The large, two-story, side-gabled addition (c. 1881) contains twelve bedrooms and a downstairs billiard room, library, office, and women's lounge. The west wing addition (c. 1958) houses a new kitchen and dining room.

The hotel, opened in the 1860s, became a stage stop on the Georgetown–Middle Park run over Berthoud Pass. During the quiet decades for mining, it became a boarding-house that was often vacant. In 1958 Louise C. Harrison and Margaret Collbran reopened it as a hotel, bar, and restaurant after installing central heating and plumbing and carrying out an extensive restoration and refurnishing. Harrison, the grand-daughter of brewer Adolph Coors, tells the story in her book, Empire and the Berthoud Pass (1964).

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Peck House", [Idaho Springs, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-CC40.

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