Four Mile House Historic Park and Museum.

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Denver’s famous Four Mile House Park and Museum is located at 715 S. Forest Street, Denver, CO.  Per their website:

“Four Mile House is Denver’s oldest standing structure. The Four Mile House was the last stop coming west to Denver along the Cherokee Trail.  It was a welcome site for the weary travelers, a place to wash off the trail dust, have a drink of cool fresh water, find a home-cooked meal, or spend the night before heading in to Denver. “

The Bee House was built later by the Booth Family.

“Built in 1859 by the Brantner brothers who planned to settle in the area.  The Brantners sold the Four Mile House to the widow Mary Cawker in 1860.  Mary and her two teenage children opened the house as a stage stop from 1860 to 1864, when she sold the property to Levi and Mille Booth.

The Booths continued to offer the same hospitality to travelers, while building a thriving farm.  The arrival of the railroads in 1870 eventually ended much of the stage and freight business.  The Booth family continued to live on and work the land until the 1940s.”

“In 1975 the City of Denver purchased the house and the remaining 12 acresof the farm, designating the property a Denver City Park.  The Four Mile House, a Denver Landmark, is the centerpiece of the Park and is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places.  Visitors can tour the historic house, say hello to our horses, goats, and chickens, learn about the craftsmanship of the historic barns and outbuildings, or just spread a blanket under a shady tree and enjoy a beautiful day.”  

An old Stagecoach.  

Unlike the “big” covered wagons seen in many TV shoes and moves, this was more typical of a real covered wagon that was common in the days of the early west.  Small, narrow and not very comfortable.

The White left half of the building was part of the original structure.  The door on the lower left, opened into what was the “Saloon”  A modest affair with a crude bar, a few shelves of whiskey or other liquors and a couple of tables with chairs for sitting or gambling.  There was also a Pot Bell Stove for heat.

The saloon was open only to men (no women or indians allowed though indians could purchase liquor and drink it outside.).  The upstairs portion was a dormitory like bunk-house where a bed for the night could be had.

Around the corner to the left was another more elegant door that opened into a comfortable parlor for women only.  Over the years the house was expanded.  The interior is brightly and elegantly decorated (except for the simple Saloon).   During the summer and many peak days, they have tours of the entire house interior.  It is well worth paying a little extra for it.  Weekends in the summer may also provide a number of volunteers dressed in period garb to provide a sense of realism as they go about chores from Blacksmithing to washing and hanging clothes.   The entry fee is quite nominal ($5 for an adult) when I was there.

Above photos taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens.  A few images were shot in HDR mode due to the very high contrast light at the time.

Below are a few older photos taken with either an Olympus E-3, Panasonic GH1 or Panasonic FZ150.  Click photos for a larger view.  Summer is the best time to visit, buildings are open and tours of the Big House, are available.  Volunteers dress in period clothing on weekends.

This was the saloon in the original building.  Not very Hollywood is it.

The rest of the saloon.

The man playing the blacksmith, is a real 3rd generation blacksmith.

The women’s parlor, behind the saloon, where they could sit and talk peacefully.

~David

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