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Old Miners Inn (Miners and Merchants Bank)

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Miners and Merchants Bank
1892, W. F. Nichol. 107 N. Main St.

The town's first allegedly fireproof edifice, erected after a fire in June 1892, used cinders and rubble from the fire as well as cement, a precedent for several other buildings. This single-story structure has rough sandstone trim, with a capped parapet above a corbeled frieze. Storefronts and recessed entry bays with tall transoms front the building. After the bank closed it served as a post office until 1976, when the Old Miners Inn opened here. This rustic saloon is filled with antiques, including the hotel's old walk-in safe, now used as a beer cooler. Crude frame additions (1990s) that climb two stories above an otherwise one- and two-story town led Creede finally to consider zoning.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Old Miners Inn (Miners and Merchants Bank)", [Creede, 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, 434-435.

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