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Old 07-11-2012   #1
 
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What's the story with the "Hotel" at Waterton?

Right across from the parking lot at the putin for waterton canyon is that old run down building that says something hotel on the front. The sign in front says it is in evaluation to be a historic building or something like that.

Anybody know what the current situation is with it? Is it publicly owned? Are they looking for someone to restore it? Is it actually a historic building?

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I know nothing about present ownership, but it was the South Platte Hotel. Train used to stop there.
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'It operated at this small settlement with a post office and a stop on the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad narrow gauge line at the turn of the century. Vacated building still stands today. The original South Platte Hotel building stood until August 2, 1912, when stage driver George Bellew shot and wounded Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walbrecht (the hotel owners), visitor James McWhorter, and shot at other patrons and employees, drove all from the hotel, and burned it to the ground with kerosene while holding a crowd at bay by gunpoint. The present building was constructed to replace the original, likely by Charles Walbrecht." If you want to track down ownership - contact Jefferson County Colorado Clerk and Recorders office.
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Saw it the other day. Would be a sweet little watering hole, if someone did restore it!
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George Bellew still alive?

From what I've read recently on the Buzz George Bellew may still be living in the area threatening boaters...
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From what I've read recently on the Buzz George Bellew may still be living in the area threatening boaters...

I believe that is his grandson. Do you hear banjo music?
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Went through there at dusk a few times and it is creeeeeepy.
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'It operated at this small settlement with a post office and a stop on the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad narrow gauge line at the turn of the century. Vacated building still stands today. The original South Platte Hotel building stood until August 2, 1912, when stage driver George Bellew shot and wounded Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walbrecht (the hotel owners), visitor James McWhorter, and shot at other patrons and employees, drove all from the hotel, and burned it to the ground with kerosene while holding a crowd at bay by gunpoint. The present building was constructed to replace the original, likely by Charles Walbrecht." If you want to track down ownership - contact Jefferson County Colorado Clerk and Recorders office.
that is a ridiculously awesome story.
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Apparently it is owned by Denver Water. The last news I've found about it is that in 2004 Denver water worked with some arborists to trim the trees for fire safety and bird habitat. Its just been boarded up since then.

Anybody have a good contact at Denver Water I could talk to about their plans for the building?

nicho: was it creepy because it was dusk or creepy because it is in terrible disrepair? What status was the building in? Thanks.
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I rather like it the way it is.
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