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The Brown Palace Hotel

In Denver on October 20, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , ,

The Brown Palace Hotel has been around since the late 1800’s.

As you walk in, all you can do is look up and up to the endless amounts of floors and doors that are available in this gloriously land marked building.

Let me just get the obvious facts out of the way and you can see this on their website. It is the top 500 World’s Best Hotels according to Travel + Leisure – 2010. It is one of the oldest operating hotels in Denver, built in 1892, basically around 120 years old.

Full of history hosting various presidents, ministers and celebrities.

With the building being 9 stories high the top two floors were eventually reserved for those who lived in apartment housing for a few decades, more like 6 decades or 60 years. The last of the residence moved out in the 1980’s.

If you might recall their quality food, their bread is actually baked out of the same carousel oven that has been used over 50 years ago, according to The Brown Palace website filled with fun little facts.

The last fact on that list is my favorite, where it talks about President Eisenhower practicing his golf swing inside, then accidentally hitting the ball onto the fireplace creating a dent, which still exists today.

I’m assuming Henry Brown created an inviting atmosphere, especially those who were passing through on their quest to find gold and silver, translating into a promising fortune.

Ok, enough of the fun trivial facts, a tiny personal experience, appropriate around Halloween time especially. I woke up in the middle of the night hearing what appeared to be the sound of a chair shuffling or the table across the room.

I quickly woke my wife up and asked her what that sound was. She heard it too, then told me this hotel has got to be haunted; it is well over 100 years old. That was the last thing I wanted to hear, especially since I had no idea that it was that old.

So I just turned over and closed my eyes hoping that the sounds would go away as I fell asleep.

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