South Platte Hotel

Address: Located at the junction of the N. Fork of the S. Platte River and the S. Platte River at the South Platte town site.

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.
Quad Map/Date: Platte Canyon, 1965 (1985)
Sec/Town/Range: S25, T7S, R70W
Elevation: 6200
Source: Shaffer, "A Guide to Places in Colorado, 1989," p. 27.; "Colorado Transcript", August 8, 1912.
Last Modified: Thu, October 8 1998

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