Victorian Visitors at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown, Colorado | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/victorian-visitors-hotel-de-paris-georgetown-colorado[12/7/2015 3:17:11 PM] Home Victorian Visitors at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown, ColoradoVictorian Visitors at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown, ColoradoSubmitted by CLEAVITT on 12-9-2014 02:59 PMAuthor: Constance Merrill Primus Publishing: Victorian Visitors at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown, Colorado By Constance Merrill Primus. Virginia Beach, Virginia: The Donning Company, 2014. 96 pages. Illustrations, black-andwhite photographs. 6 x 9. $16.95 paperback. Reviewer: Jolie Diepenhorst Reviewer Affiliation: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) celebrates preservation and strives to restore and interpret historic sites all over our nation. The Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown, Colorado, is one of their sites. Operated by the Colorado Colonial Dames since 1954, the hotel has become the only Colorado site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Constance Merrill Primus, a Colorado Colonial Dame, has taken preservation one step farther by publishing a book about the guest registers from the Hotel de Paris Museum The historical significance of her seven years of research extends beyond the visitors of Louis Dupuys hotel. It illustrates the expansion of the American West. What Primus captures is the history of immigration, the rise of industry and the railroad, the rise and fall of silver mining, the role of women during the 1800s, and the effects of the 1893 depression. The five hotel registers Primus researched date back to July 1881 and end in July 1914 with a few gaps in between. She records Louis Dupuys success as a restaurateur and his expansion of the hotel with east and west wings. In doing so, she demonstrates the wealth that began to arrive in Georgetown and Clear Creek County. The Georgetown diners evolved from locals to wealthy investors who came west to add to their fortunes by establishing their own mining companies, as illustrated by Gentlemen Miners of the Silver Craze of 1865 (27). Primus is able to weave together the history of the Colorado Central Railroad, the EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWe were most agreeably surprised to find him a polished gentleman. Description of James P. Beckwourth, African American mountain man, fur trader and explorer.
Victorian Visitors at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown, Colorado | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/victorian-visitors-hotel-de-paris-georgetown-colorado[12/7/2015 3:17:11 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us creation of the Georgetown Loop, and the visit of the famous feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She spends an entire chapter on the role of women during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Louis Dupuy did not encourage single ladies to dine at his hotel alone, although he welcomed women travelers. The repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893 killed the silver mining industry in Colorado, and patronage at the Hotel de Paris began to wane. The registers recorded this change. Each register contains about two years worth of signatures from the beginning of the 1893 collapse to 1895. However, the final register, which begins in February 1897, did not fill until July 1914, emphasizing the slow economy and deep impact of the legislation. Visitors to Georgetown were declining drastically. Primus presents an easy-to-read chronological tale of the American West through signatures written by long-ago patrons of the Hotel de Paris. The photographs of patrons, railroaders, railroad tycoons, and adventurous women add to the tale Primus weaves. She is able to create a connection to the past and entice readers to visit Georgetown and see the Hotel de Paris firsthand. Victorian Visitors is a gem of a book on the history of Georgetown, the Silver Queen. Reviewer Info: Jolie Diepenhorst is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a BA in history. She is working towards a masters degree in historic preservation and public history.