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Matchless Mine Museum

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1878. 1.1 mile east of Harrison Ave. on E. 7th St.

The gabled mine building with metal roof and vertical board siding became the home of the second Mrs. Tabor following Horace's death in 1899. Elizabeth McCourt Doe Tabor (known as Baby Doe), generally regarded as the most beautiful woman in Colorado, retired to this shack at the Matchless Mine, where she lived for the rest of her life, impoverished by the loss of the family fortune in the silver crash and depression of 1893. Her frozen corpse was discovered here in 1935. Besides her cabin, the site includes the blasting powder magazine, hoist room and blacksmith shop, and the shaft and headframe amid dumps and tailings. Since 1953 the Matchless has been open for tours.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Matchless Mine Museum", [Leadville, 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, 366-366.

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