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Crook's Palace

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1900. 200 Gregory St.

In claiming to be Colorado's oldest establishment of its type, the Palace traces its ancestry to a demolished 1860s saloon on the same site. A classic storefront adorns this tiny, old-time saloon with matching front and back bars decorated by Corinthian pilasters and egg-and-dart cornice trim. Richard Hicks painted the frilly, mock-Victorian wall murals with trompe-l'oeil genitalia. The pine floor is worn white, the brass footrail is shiny with use, and the seats have been contoured by regulars. From the barstools old-timers squinted at the daily changes in gold and silver prices scribbled on a chalkboard. Nowadays gamblers, also struck with gold fever, stare into slot machines.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Crook's Palace", [Black Hawk, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 199-199.

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