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  • Fryer Hill

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    The Matchless Mine was located on Fryer Hill east of Leadville, which was a bustling mining district in the late 1800s.
    Fryer Hill
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  • Baby Doe Tabor

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    After Horace Tabor died in 1899, his widow, Elizabeth "Baby Doe" Tabor, spent the last three decades of her life trying to retain ownership of the Matchless Mine.
    Baby Doe Tabor
  • Baby Doe Tabor's Cabin at the Matchless Mine
  • The Matchless after the Mine

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    In 1953 the nonprofit Leadville Assembly restored the Matchless Mine and opened it to the public as a museum.
    The Matchless after the Mine



Fay Golson and Katherine Neilson, “Matchless Mine,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (June 7, 2010).

Don L. Griswold and Jean Harvey Griswold, History of Leadville and Lake County, Colorado: From Mountain Solitude to Metropolis (Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 1996).

Jon Horn and Nathan Fleming, “Matchless Mine,” Colorado Cultural Resource Survey (July 8, 1996).

Matchless Timeline,” National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

Duane A. Smith, Horace Tabor: His Life and the Legend (Boulder: Colorado Associated University Press, 1973).

Additional Information: 

John Burke, The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1974).

Lewis Cass Gandy, The Tabors: A Footnote of Western History (New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1934).

"Leadville Mining District," Colorado Preservation, Endangered Places Archive.