Hotel de Paris Museum
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National Trust Historic Site Hotel de Paris Museum, located in the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District, is one of the Old West's most colorful gathering places.
“Famous the wide world over,” Hotel de Paris began in 1875 and is older than the State of Colorado. Dating from the state’s silver mining boom, the property offered a first-class French restaurant, showrooms for traveling salesmen, and luxurious lodging. The idealized French inn catered to wealthy businessmen, railroad tycoons, mining investors, and outdoor adventure seekers during the Gilded Age. After the Silver Panic of 1893, Hotel de Paris steadily declined, but in 1954, the hotel was purchased and opened as a museum. Restored period rooms showcase the building’s original furnishings. The site provides a fascinating window into the lives of the hotel’s proprietors, workers, builders, and guests.
Docents share culinary history and reveal why Louis Dupuy, the best cook in the Colorado Territory, was branded the "Mysterious Frenchman." In 1959, CBS Television took notice and based the Western adventure series Hotel de Paree on Dupuy's second-chances tale.
Hotel de Paris Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado. Hotel de Paris Museum collects, preserves, and shares history and culture associated with Louis Dupuy’s Hotel de Paris, and serves as a catalyst for heritage tourism.
Weekend tours start on the first weekend in October annually.