Baldpate Inn - Estes Park, Colorado
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Big B Bob
N 40° 18.519 W 105° 32.011
13T E 454664 N 4462151
Quick Description: A historic inn with a unique collection.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2011 7:44:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMBH30
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
Views: 2

Long Description:
From the Baldpate Inn:

The Baldpate Inn's beginnings originate with a newly married couple, Gordon and Ethel Mace and Gordon's two brothers, Charles and Stuart Mace. In 1911, while visiting Estes Park on their honeymoon, the Mace's were so taken with the area's beauty that they decided to homestead the property upon which the Baldpate now stands. Initially only a small cabin was built on the land and rhubarb was planted to fulfill the requirements of the Homestead Act. In order to supplement their income, the Mace family built several small tourist cabins which proved to be a huge success. To accommodate the overwhelming demand for their hospitality, the family made plans to build an inn. With their homestead patent registered as complete on January 22, 1917, the couple officially opened the Baldpate that same year.

With financial resources being very limited, the Mace family used their talents with what natural resources were available and constructed the inn from hand-hewn timber cut from the property. Massive stone fireplaces were built to provide warmth and hot water. The Baldpate was opened boasting such amenities as hot running water, electric lights, and indoor plumbing!

The Inn was named after the mystery novel, Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers, who upon visiting the property stated that the inn was so similar to the heretofore "imaginary" Baldpate Inn, that the Mace's hotel would become the "real" Baldpate Inn. In the novel, each of seven visitors traveled to the closed-in-wintertime hotel, and thinks that he or she has the only key to the Inn. In keeping with the story line of the novel, the Mace family gave each visitor to the Inn their very own key. This tradition continued until the outbreak of World War I, when the price of metal became so expensive that the Owners were no longer able to give keys away. The loyal guests who returned yearly were so disappointed that they began their own tradition of bringing a key back to the inn with them each year. It is said that the competition between guests became so fierce to bring the best and most exotic each year that the Mace's decided to begin a display of all the keys. This was the beginning of the world's largest key collection (as shown in the two pictures above). The collection boasts over 20,000 keys including examples from the Pentagon, Westminster Abby, Mozart's wine cellar, and even Frankenstein's castle to name a few. Currently we are working with American History Savers to preserve and catalogue our collections.

Only the second family to own and operate The Baldpate Inn, the Smith family purchased the Inn in 1986. For more than 20 years we are pleased to welcome guests back home to Baldpate.


Watch the story I did a few years ago for CBS4: (visit link)
Name of the Hotel: The Baldpate Inn

4900 South Hwy. 7 Estes Park, CO 80517

Number of Rooms: 16

Height in floors: 2

Hotel since: 1/1/1917

Date Building was built: 1/1/1917

Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): yes

Mountains Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: yes

Hotel website (if available): [Web Link]

Hotel Rating: Not listed

First use of building: Not listed

Urban Hotel (located in a village or town): Not Listed

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): Not Listed

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