Tom Boggs, a brother-in-law of Kit Carson, farmed at Wagon Wheel Gap in the summer of 1840. The first silver discovery was made at the Alpha mine in 1869, but the silver could not be extracted at a profit from the complex ores. Ranchers and homesteaders moved in when stagecoach stations (linking the mining operations over the Divide with the east) were built in the 1870s, but the great “Boom Days” started with the discovery of rich minerals in Willow Creek Canyon in 1889.
Built to service the last Colorado silver boom town in the 1800s, the Creede Hotel & Restaurant is believed to be haunted by some of its former boarders: miners or perhaps some of its more famous guests, which include Calamity Jane and Bob Ford, the killer of Jesse James, con-artist Soapy Smith,and Poker Alice Tubbs
Virtually no one lived in Creede in the late 1880s, but by 1892, the silver mining boom brought the population close to
10,000. Creede was a rowdy mining camp town. As the song goes, "It's day all day in the daytime, and there is no night in
Creede." Known for her wild tales, Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary) also played cards like a pro, wore only men’s clothing, and had the reputation of out-drinking any man at the bar. She lived in Creede for a time, playing poker at local saloons.
Fires ravaged Creede twice around the turn of the century, both times sparing Zang’s Hotel.
There were nearly a hundred "hotels" at the time, and the Creede Hotel, which was then Zang's Hotel (after its
owner), was considered one of the town's finest. No building in Creede was ever grand or elaborate, and the Hotel was no
exception—the town grew so fast that buildings were thrown up as quickly as possible, the Hotel included.
The five rooms upstairs, and at least that many more downstairs, housed miners and businessmen.
Some suspect that a few of the old boarders may still be around. On numerous occasions, guests have heard or seen strange things in the night.
By Kym-n-Mark Todd
Most who’ve worked at The Creede Hotel have a ghost story to tell. Leslie Heller, hotel manager for a decade, finds the pictures running the length of hall next to the bar askew every morning. She also feels an invisible presence on a regular basis. Only a few days before we interviewed her, she heard a whistled tune coming from the bar, which was empty. She didn’t recognize the song, and when she whistled for us the few bars she could remember, we didn’t either.
She often sees movement out of the corner of her eye in the morning before other staffers arrive. That may well be: The former manager saw an apparition of a woman approach the front desk in the restaurant and carried on a brief conversation with the manager before the figure disappeared before his eyes.
One evening, a restaurant waitperson headed toward the kitchen with trays full of dishes, wondering how she would manage the door. She needn’t have worried. An unseen hand opened the door for her and closed it politely behind.
During the summer of 2014, an intern staffer from Europe captured with a camera the image of a Victorian-dressed woman in the antique mirror in the Western Room. The photo revealed a figure with a rather long neck twisted awkwardly to the side in a pose resembling someone dangling from a hangman’s noose.
Right next door to the Creede Hotel is Creede Repertory Theatre
Staff working late hours at the old theatre claim to have disembodied footsteps on the third floor of the building, while other claim to have encountered an eerie presence.
The Firemen's Inn
This historic bed and breakfast inn is rumoured to be haunted by a ghostly man in old-fashioned clothing, who has been seen and heard on the stairs.
Creede Cemetry Creede Colorado here
History of Creede..here
Fences of aged wrought iron and weathered wood commemorate the final resting places of generations of hard-working people who established this legendary silver mining town in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. At the south edge of Creede, turn off Hwy 149 to Lake City onto Bachelor Road. Drive about a half-mile up Bachelor Road and turn at the directional sign (Stop 15 on the Bachelor Historic Loop tour). Creede’s historic Catholic church stands as sentinel in front of the Creede Cemetery.
Photos of cemetery from .and more here http://downtheroadwithsteveanddebbie.blogspot.co.uk
Music by Kevin MacLeod ~ Angel Share.