The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West

John A. Burke Duane A. Smith


The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West

The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West

  • Title: The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West
  • Author: John A. Burke Duane A. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780803261037
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback



In her pulchritudinous prime Baby Doe was called the Silver Queen of Colorado by journalists and that shameless hussy by the proper wives of the men who eyed her Flirtatious, adventurous, ambitious, Elizabeth McCourt Doe gave everyone a lot to talk about when she met Horace Tabor, the Silver King of Leadville, in 1880 Three years later they were free to legalize theirIn her pulchritudinous prime Baby Doe was called the Silver Queen of Colorado by journalists and that shameless hussy by the proper wives of the men who eyed her Flirtatious, adventurous, ambitious, Elizabeth McCourt Doe gave everyone a lot to talk about when she met Horace Tabor, the Silver King of Leadville, in 1880 Three years later they were free to legalize their passion Although thirty years separated them, they were well matched in romantic recklessness If The Legend of Baby Doe is the lowdown on the high jinks of two public lives, it is also the story of a love that survived spectacularly good times and bad Before bad times came, Baby and Horace went on a spending spree They built an opulent opera house in Denver and bought an Italian ate villa Baby Doe went out bejeweled and ermined, and sat at home alone, snubbed by the social dragons John Burke has written about the giddy rise of a bonanza king who dreamed of entering the White House with Baby Doe on his arm and about the disastrous fall they took together Wiped out by unwise investments and the Panic of 1893, Tabor soon died, leaving Baby Doe and their two daughters penniless Reportedly, his deathbed order was to hang on to the Matchless, a played out mine filled with water She managed to do that for almost four decades, struggling heroically against loneliness, poverty, and heartbreak, and becoming one of the great legends of the American West.


Recent Comments "The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West"

The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the Westis a book about Elizabeth McCourt (Baby Doe), Horace Tabor, and the history of Colorado.We start with a young Baby Doe growing up in Oshkosh, WI; her first marriage; and her move out to Central City, CO during the late 1870’s. Once she meets Horace Tabor, the focus turns away from her and moves to Horace and the history of Colorado and mining. During this part of the book, we are not given any information into Baby’s l [...]

I picked this book up over 20 years ago when we visited the Matchless Mine in Leadville, Colorado. At the time, the story of Baby Doe intrigued me so much and yet it took 20 years for me to finally read this book. I am so glad I did. It was so well-researched and well-written. Not only did Burke delve into the life of Baby Doe Tabor and her "rags to riches to rags" husband Horace, but he also wrote about the events and places in which she lived. There was so much wonderful history in this book a [...]

If you visit Leadville, you HAVE to read this book and visit the Matchless Mine and shack. A very interesting story about a silver miner, Horace Tabor and his second wife, Elizabeth, known as Baby Doe. Their brief, extravagant life together before the Panic of 1893 and Horace's death that left Baby Doe and their two daughters very poor. One of the legends of the American West.

What a life! Writing is a bit pretentious, but overall a good book!


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