Free Parlour House tours to district residents

Special to the Courier
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The Old Homestead began as an exclusive brothel in 1896 during Colorado's Gold Rush and is today a museum visited by hundreds of locals and tourists each year due to the support of local residents.

May is National Preservation Month and The Old Homestead, once a grand brothel for the rich men of the Gold Rush Era in Cripple Creek, is offering free tours to those who live or work in the Cripple Creek and Victor district.

Bring identification that shows you live or work in the district for a FREE tour of The Old Homestead House Museum on from 1-6 p.m. May 16-17 or from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 18. View beautiful furniture and clothing that represents the late 1800s and learn about the colorful history of Cripple Creek, Colorado in its heyday of the Gold Rush and the part that The Old Homestead played.

Built in 1896 by the famous madam Pearl DeVere to service the powerful men of the Cripple Creek mining district who became rich during Colorado's Gold Rush, this historic building has been beautifully preserved through the support of local residents and businesses. Today the ladies of the house are local women who keep the story of the Old West alive through the stories they share about the lives of the girls who worked in the brothel and of the gold miners who made Cripple Creek famous.

The Old Homestead Museum is open for tours on weekends beginning May 4 and open seven days a week starting May 25. Regular admission is $5 for a 30 minute personalized tour of the house that was once the hottest ticket in town.

For additional information about The Old Homestead Museum, contact Charlotte Bumgarner at 719-689-2485 or cb4mile@hughes.net or The Old Homestead Museum at 719-689-9090.