This home was built in 1881 by Horace Tabor, owner of the Matchless
Mine. Tabor, who made and lost a fortune in silver, was at one time one
of the wealthiest men in the country.
He was the sidekick to his even more famous
mistress and eventual wife, Baby Doe Tabor. After the silver crash and after his death she struggled for years to hold onto the Matchless Mine in the hope that silver
prices would again rise. She lost the mine but was allowed to live in the supply shack above the mine until she froze to death one winter.
If you want to learn about the harsh lives led in old silver mining towns visit Leadville.