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Bell Mercantile

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1910, Edward and Samuel Bell. 101–111 Moffat Ave. (southeast corner of Colorado 131) (NR)

Town founders Samuel and Edward Bell constructed this store on their ranch, and it became the town hub, serving as the company store for miners as well as a doctor's office and bank. The two-story frame structure on a concrete foundation retains its original shiplap siding, adorned with decades of advertising. A nearly flat roof drains to the rear and is punctuated by two original brick chimneys. Inside the recessed storefront entrance, the original bank safe remains, along with the pressed metal wall panels. A stairwell between the storefronts leads to the upstairs hotel.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Bell Mercantile", [Oak Creek, 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, 529-529.

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