The years 1878 and 1879 marked the arrival of two more future millionaires. David May opened his auction house and clothing store, later buying out his biggest competitor. The company eventually became the nationwide May D&F. Charles Boettcher (at left) opened a thriving hardware business, later moving to Denver where he became one of its most successful businessmen and benefactors. Many ...

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        Molly Brown

              Margaret Brown, now known as Molly, arrived in Leadville as a teenager in the early 1880s, working as a seamstress in a dry goods store. She eventually married J.J. Brown, at Annunciation Church in Leadville. Her trip on the maiden voyage of the Titanic and heroic actions earned her the nickname the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown....

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                    John Henry "Doc" Holliday (at left), a dentist with a reputation as a gambler and gunfighter, lived in Leadville from 1883 to 1887. His Leadville stay is one of the most infamous. It was marked by ill health, tuberculosis, and drinking. He is said to have been a patron of what is now the Silver Dollar Saloon. Conflicting accounts of his story ...

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                          The Tabor Opera House presented an astounding variety of talent. John Philip Sousa, the British wit Oscar Wilde, the great actress Sarah Bernhardt, and many wonderful operatic performers "trod the boards" of the Tabor Opera House during its heyday. Oscar Wilde is said to have put down shots at the Silver Dollar Saloon after lecturing at the Tabor Opera House on ...

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                          The Tabors

                                The legendary story of the Tabors--complete with a riches-to-rags tragedies and a love triangle--played out in Leadville, Colorado. Horace Tabor, who owned a general mercantile store with his wife Augusta, invested in mining with incredible success. Horace amassed great wealth almost overnight in 1879 when he bought the Matchless Mine, which became one of the most productive silver mines of the ...

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