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July 14, 2005 - Bastille Day, $.25 trout and the Hotel De Paris - What a Celebration
What: Bastille Day Celebration to Honor Donors to Hotel De Paris Museum
Where: Hotel De Paris Museum, Georgetown
When: July 14, 2005
Attire: Tri Color Preferred
A special treat was the visit of National President, Stuart Cobb (r)
Twenty five cent trout - broiled or fried. Twenty five cent tenderloin steak, but add one dollar for mayonnaise. Does this sound too good to be true? It is now, but it wasn't then. "Then" being the late 1800's right in Georgetown at the Hotel De Paris.
The hotel was owned and operated by Louis Dupuy. Dupuy as you might guess from the name was a Frenchman. What better day than Bastille day to celebrate his legacy, and the efforts of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Colorado Chapter
to preserve the historic hotel?
This intimate bash was to honor those donors whose generosity over the past year have helped the museum to grow.
The hotel now operated as a museum provides an accurate and fascinating glimpse of life in the mountains prior to Colorado becoming a state. A lot of time, effort and money is spent on making sure that the details are just so. Scraping layers of paint to find the original color, and having new paint that matches is just part of the meticulous effort to make sure that everything is historically accurate.
The State of Colorado Historical Society has provided much help over the years, but the folks that are dedicated to preservation have also taken matters into their own hands. They have formed an endowment committe to insure that funds will be available for the upkeep and maintenance of the facility, as well as being able to provide for guides during the day.
The $.25 trout comes from the menu and information from newspapers that liberally referenced the hotel. Mr. Dupuy went to extraordinary lengths to make sure that his hotel was well known to businessmen and salesmen passing through towh.
If you haven't yet visited this unique piece of Colorado history, it's just 45 minutes west of Denver, off of I-70. If you'd like to help with the efforts to preserve this great building and piece of history