It offered sleeping rooms upstairs for a nightly rate and provided a variety of entertainments: In Juneit burned to the ground. Ben Wood who arrived in Leadville inopened the first legitimate theatre,Wood’s Opera House with a thousand seats.
It was a first- class theater, where gentleman removed their hats and did not smoke or drink in the presence of a lady. Less than a year later, Wood opened the Windsor Hotel. His opera house was regarded as the largest and best theater constructed in the west, an honor it held until the opening of the Tabor Opera House. Horace Tabor’s Opera House was the most costly structure in Colorado at the time. Building materials were brought by wagons from Denver.
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The massive three-story opera house, constructed of stone, brick, and iron, opened on 20 November Tabor, originally from Vermont, became the town’s first mayor. After striking it rich, he had an estimated net worth of 10 million dollars and was known for his extravagant lifestyle.
Tabor was by then a US senator and the divorce and marriage caused a scandal in Colorado and beyond. Tabor, one of the wealthiest men in Colorado, lost his fortune when the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act caused the Panic of He died destitute but convinced the price of silver would rebound, and according to legend told Baby Doe to “hold on the Matchless mine … it will make millions again when silver comes back.
At one time the “best dressed woman in the West”, she lived in a cabin at the Matchless Mine for the last three decades of her life. After a snowstorm in Marchshe was found frozen in her cabin, aged about 81 years. Mining and smelting[ edit ] Bythree years after the town was founded, Leadville was one of the world’s largest and richest silver camps, with a population of more than 15, According to Lincoln H.
Hall, “The outpouring of the precious metal from Leadville transformed the struggling Centennial State into a veritable autocrat in the colony of states. As if by magic the rough frontier town of Denver became a metropolis; stately buildings arose on the site of shanties; crystal streams flowed through the arid plains and the desert blossomed and became fruitful. Poverty gave way to the annoyance of wealth and the fame of silver state spread throughout the world.
When the Little Pittsburg mine was exhausted of its rich ore body, its managers sold their shares while concealing the mine’s actual condition from the other stockholders. Tabor had the last laugh when his miners dug a few feet farther and discovered a rich ore body. Some time later the manager of the Chrysolite mine fooled an outside mining engineer into overestimating the mine’s ore reserves.
Mining companies came to rely increasingly on income from the lead and zinc.