Gilpin Hotel and
Casino: 111 Main St. Fl 3, Blackhawk, CO
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Back when the Gilpin Hotel and Casino was first made in
the late 1800’s, it also housed a small school-room
upstairs. The teacher’s name was Lucile Malone. Lucile
was in love with a local miner who ended up getting run
over by a wagon right in front of the Gilpin. Lucile was
devastated and unable to handle the grief. In her
despair she threw herself off the balcony, dying in the
exact same street as her unfortunate lover. According to
some hotel guests, though, Lucile has not left.
In the early 1990’s, a couple staying at the Gilpin had
some ghostly experiences. The girlfriend worked in the
bar, so she lived in an upstairs room in the hotel. At
this time, the hotel was a little run down, and there
were certain quirks you had to get used to. For
instance, to turn off the light in the bathroom, you had
to unscrew the light bulb. Before going to bed one
night, the boyfriend unscrewed the light bulb.
During the night, the light inexplicably turned back on.
When the boyfriend got up to turn off the light again,
he heard a large clatter downstairs like pots and pans
falling. He went down armed with a baseball bat to look
for an intruder. He found the kitchen full of flames! He
alerted the hotel’s guests and had them evacuated. The
boyfriend ran back in several times to rescue people who
had collapsed from smoke inhalation, but one person ran
back in to get some papers and never came out again.
The couple believe that it was Lucile who warned them of
the impending fire by turning their light bulb on. After
the devastation of the fire, the hotel and casino was
refurbished. To this day, people report seeing the ghost
of Lucile. One of the casino’s restaurants is named
‘Lucile’ in honor of the ghost.
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