Matchless Mine

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Matchless Mine
Matchless mine.jpg
Matchless mine and Baby Doe Tabor cabin
Location E 7th Rd., Leadville, Colorado
MPS Mining Industry in Colorado, MPS
NRHP Reference # 10001088[1]
Added to NRHP December 12, 2010

The Matchless Mine is located in Lake County, Colorado. It made Horace Tabor's fortune and his wife, Baby Doe Tabor, died in the superintendent's cabin. The mine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It is part of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

According to legend, Horace Tabor’s dying instructions to his wife were: “Hold onto the Matchless mine, it will make millions.” After some years in Denver, Baby Doe moved into a cabin next to the Matchless mine, near Leadville. She lost the mine in 1927, when it was sold to satisfy a debt, but the new owners allowed Baby Doe to stay in the cabin.

In the winter of 1935, after a snowstorm, some neighbors noticed that no smoke was coming out of the chimney at the Matchless mine cabin. Investigating, they found Baby Doe, her body frozen on the floor.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/27/11 through 12/30/11". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Julie Nolte Temple, “The demons of Elizabeth Tabor,” Colorado Heritage, Winter 2001, p.3-21.
  3. ^ Michael Madigan, "March 8, 1935: the death of 'Baby Doe',", Rocky Mountain News.
  4. ^ Time, "Women: the end of Baby Doe," 18 March 1935.

Coordinates: 39°15′22″N 106°16′16″W / 39.25611°N 106.27111°W / 39.25611; -106.27111