Palace Hotel - Cripple Creek, CO
N 38° 44.788 W 105° 10.706
13S E 484494 N 4288657
Quick Description: The Palace Hotel is located in Historic Cripple Creek, CO at the corner of 2nd St. and Bennett Ave.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2009 11:23:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM7W3V
Excerpts from Cripple Creek Ghosts
Cripple Creek's Palace Hotel first began as the Palace Drug Store. However, in 1892, the building was transformed into a hotel.The building did not survive the 1896 fire that destroyed the entire town. The Palace Hotel was rebuilt and opened to guests once again. With its lavish décor, it soon became a major attraction for wealthy gold barons and high-rollers, as well as the many people who stepped off the stage at its front door.
By the turn of the century, the hotel was owned by Dr. Chambers and his wife Kitty. Taking care of his patients, the hotel was run by his wife, affectionately known as Miss Kitty.
When Miss Kitty died in 1908 in Room #3 of the hotel, she evidently wasn’t ready to leave, as stories have it that she continues to reside there. Over the years, guests have told stories. Others have reported seeing a vision of Miss Kitty dressed in an old-fashioned white night gown with her long hair down over her shoulders. Yet other people have reported seeing the same figure in the window of Room #3.
Miss Kitty is not the only ghost said to lurk within these historic confines as some suggest other spirits continuing to roam the old hotel, including a short fat man, a tall woman, and a blind piano player.Reports include feelings of being watched; people who feel a gentle nudge as the walk up and down the stairs, crashing noises and footsteps in the halls when no one is there, and strange anomalies appearing in photographs.
Today, the hotel is the property of Womack's Casino, as of this writing, no changes have been made to the building, which continues to stand vacant. The Palace Hotel is located at 172 E. Bennett Avenue.
Womack's Casino owns the property and may still use the hotel for it's casino guests. You would inquire at t Womack's Casino for access.
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Visting hours: Not listed
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