Colorado author Tracy Beach presents yet another account of the life of Leadville’s infamous Silver Queen, Baby Doe Tabor, in her new book Frozen to the Cabin Floor, The Autobiography of Baby Doe Tabor. Ms. Beach takes on previous portrayals of Elizabeth Bonduel “Baby Doe” Tabor as “crazy” and statements that Mrs. Tabor spent 36 years living the life of a hermit, inside an old tool shed, located at a silver mine she didn’t even own. Rather, Ms. Beach asserts Baby Doe became a successful businesswoman and mine owner in her own right.
Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion regarding the “real story” of Baby Doe Tabor. Ms. Beach will also have some props to accompany her presentation, including a clip of Silver Dollar starring Baby Doe’s youngest daughter Rose Mary Echo Silver Dollar Tabor.
Tracy Beach is the author of My Life as a Whore: The Biography of Madam Laura Evens 1871-1953. Stuart Rosebrook of True West Magazine called it: “Forthright, provocative and straight forward; one of the best biographies of a Western madam, well researched. Beach’s biography of Laura Evans documents her life as a prostitute, her trials and tribulations managing a house of prostitution until 1949, and the challenges of a woman owning her own business through the end of the frontier West, two world wars, Prohibition and the Great Depression. Provides an excellent local history of brothels, and their role in the economy and society of Leadville, Denver, Central City, and Salida, Colorado.”
Beach is also the author of The Tunnels Under Our Feet: Colorado’s Forgotten Hollow Sidewalks, which Fox 31 Denver and Colorado Public Radios did features on, and author of the forthcoming Michael, a Colorado true crime story about the murderous Michael McCormick.