GLENWOOD SPRINGS HISTORY
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From the prehistory of hot springs, caves and river-and-mountain valleys, to the indigenous Ute tribe, to the migration and settlement of the Wild West, history is what defines Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
The enchanting hot springs, for which we are famous, were held sacred by the Utes. Their allure is enduring, with a magnetic draw to countless generations for their healing and restorative properties. And not surprisingly, our hot springs have been central to our town’s lively story.
A tourist destination since the start, Glenwood Springs has hosted luminaries from around the globe: President Theodore Roosevelt and the Unsinkable Molly Brown have vacationed and spent time here, staying at our local historic landmark, the Hotel Colorado. Buffalo Bill Cody was a regular. And our most notorious former resident of all, gunslinger-dentist-gambler Doc Holliday, breathed his last at the Glenwood Hotel.
Who keeps these stories alive? We do. We’re the Glenwood Springs Historical Society, a nonprofit organization formed in 1963. We accomplish our mission by maintaining artifacts and photographs, as well as hosting events and running two museums with the help of volunteers who are passionate about history.
Visit us! We have a main museum downtown on Colorado Avenue, a satellite Doc Holliday collection in the former Glenwood Hotel at 8th Street and Grand Avenue, and our wildly popular annual Ghost Walk at Linwood Cemetery—where Doc Holliday is laid to rest—that takes place weekends in October.